Disturbed by this unexpected discovery of human remains, the workers downed tools and informed the authorities. The bones were subsequently removed from the ground, packaged in newspaper and sent to the University of Mainz. And there, a team led by bio-archaeologist Christian Meyer examined them.
Meyer and his team eventually established that the bones were some 7,000 years old, from the linear pottery culture era that we’ve already heard about. And despite the fact that the bones were in an advanced state of decay, it still was clear that the human remains had been thrown into a ditch and then covered with soil.
The bones from 26 skeletons of both adults and children had been dumped into a V-shaped ditch just over 20 feet long. But this was no normal linear pottery culture burial. Usually the people of the time buried their dead in individual graves in cemeteries, often leaving pottery and other goods with the departed. But these bodies appeared to have been carelessly tossed into their last resting place.