A team of archaeologists has begun to unearth human remains from a mass grave located near the German town of Lützen, those dating back to the Thirty Years War, which was fought in Central Europe, especially in Germany, between 1618 and 1648.
“We estimate that there are at least 75 bodies, which were buried very close in several layers"Commented the archaeologist Susanne Friederich The last friday.
The Battle of Lützen, which took place in 1632, pitted Swedish soldiers against those under the command of Catholic General Albrecht von Wallenstein, being one of the Bloodiest battles of the Thirty Years' War, leaving a balance of between 6,500 and 10,000 victims where even Swedish King Gustavo Adolfo was mortally wounded during the confrontation.
The 42 square meter, 1.1 meter deep grave was discovered in late summer 2011. "With the help of anthropological methods we will be able to determine the ages of the victims, the types of injuries, the causes of their deaths and the diseases they had.”He added Friederich.
It is expected that in a year and with the help of six other experts from various fields, they will be able to finish the work on the mass grave. At the same time, he added that he believes the dead were buried without clothing, weapons or other personal items, so they will have to perform isotope analysis to be able to determine geographic origins of the victims.
For the moment, historical evidence indicates that the Swedes, Scots, Germans and Finns were the protagonists of the Battle of Lützen, but they want to know the origin of the soldiers buried here.
Source: The Local
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