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German Archaeologists Uncover Long History of Executions

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  • robert-blau@webtv.net
    German Archaeologists Uncover Long History of Executions Der Spiegel [Germany], 10/24/2008 Some contemporary German backyards served as gallows sites hundreds
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      German Archaeologists Uncover Long History of Executions
      Der Spiegel [Germany], 10/24/2008

      Some contemporary German backyards served as gallows sites hundreds of
      years ago. Germans have long come across skeletons accidentally, but now
      archaeologists are actively seeking them out. Kurt Bachmann and his son
      Uwe had barely begun to dig when they hit something hard. They stopped
      short. Then the two dug a little more, and were astounded at what they
      saw. Bones lay just under the turf, exactly where they were planning to
      lay the foundation for their new summer cabin in Hessisch Lichtenau, a
      town in central Germany. It was a human skeleton. It lay stretched out,
      arms crossed tidily over the torso. The strangest part was that the head
      was no longer attached to the neck, but rested between the skeleton's
      knees. The Bachmanns called the local history association and an
      archaeological work group professionally salvaged some of the bones.
      Until, that is, the cabin was ready to be laid atop the foundation. The
      diggers didn't unearth the feet quite in time. They still lie under the
      floor of the cabin.

      http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,586405,00.html
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