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Tierknochen aus römischen Brandbestattungen in Moers-Schwafheim

Küchelmann, Hans Christian (2013): Tierknochen aus römischen Brandbestattungen in Moers-Schwafheim, Bericht für das Amt für Bodendenkmalpflege im Rheinland, Außenstelle Xanten

[Animal Bones from Roman Cremation Graves in Moers-Schwafheim]

Abstract
The Roman auxiliary fort Asciburgium is situated in the area of the present city of Moers. North and south of the fort two Roman cemeteries of the 1st to 2nd century AD are known. In March 2009 a group of six richly equipped cremation graves were excavated. From the cremations a small amount of animal bones could be extracted, remains of food grave goods. The species spectrum consisted of cattle, pig, sheep or goat, goose and chicken. The portions given to the deceased could be reconstructed and are set in relation to the other grave goods of the site as well as with interregional evidence. The numerous bone artifacts consisted predominantly of parts of deathbeds.

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