Historical knowledge

Men, women and ”beer” in single graves

In the graves men were laid on their right-hand side with their heads towards the west and women on their left-hand side with their heads towards the east. Both sexes faced southwards. The burial custom may reflect the fact that people believed in life after death. The men were given their battle axes, flint tools and large amber discs. The women wore their amber necklaces. Both sexes had a pottery beaker with them. It contained a fermented drink similar to beer. The uniform burial practice can be interpreted as evidence of equal respect for men and women in society.

Battle axe, pottery vessel and amber discs from man's grave near Møbjerggårde, central Jutland. The large amber discs were probably attached to the man's belt.

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