(ORDO NEWS) — Ancient burials of wealthy people often contain jewelry or weapons. Recently, however, archaeologists have discovered a truly rare funerary item: a metal folding chair.
A 1,400-year-old iron folding chair has been discovered in a woman’s grave in Endsee, Bavaria, in southeastern Germany, Live Science reports .
The woman, who allegedly died at the age of 40, was wearing an ornament of multi-colored beads and pearls. This jewel allowed experts to date the finds.
Not far from the burial, a second grave was discovered – a man was buried in it, buried with a full set of weapons (spear, shield and sword).
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Weapons and jewelry in the grave are not uncommon. However, the folding iron chair is an extremely unusual artifact – the second in Germany and the sixth in Europe.
The folding chairs were likely “special gifts” reserved for the graves of only the most powerful and respected members of society, the researchers said.
“The chair has a very specific symbolic meaning, and was used as a badge of distinction or a sign of authority for bishops, priests, officers and other persons of high social standing, who were often male in patriarchal Germany,” an archaeologist from the Bavarian State Protection Office. monuments Hubert Fehr.
The researchers are now using x-rays and working with a team of restorers to learn more about the design of the chair and how it was decorated. They also want to find out who this powerful woman from the grave was.
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