Digitalising former excavations

Modern computer technologies and software, even those that are free and in everyday use,  make excellent tools for the renewed analysis and illustration of former excavations. At the beginning the archived lithographies of the plan were digitalised (to enable a higher quality for print) and arranged in a geographic information system. Included in digitalisation were the written recordings of age, gender and individual skulls. Several clearly visible characteristics were also recorded, such as name of the individual bone, its association with others and its position within these associations. This work allows immediate access to the available data during contextualisation of the finds. A first quantifiable illustration of the occurrences of bones and can be used to visualise results. Within the 71 recognised anatomical associations containing 501 bones, there is a definite preference for a positioning lengthways to the chamber with the head facing towards the entrance in the South (n=224). From Southeast to Northwest (n=87)   and transversally to the chamber (n=85) are other positions that occurred in the burial chamber.

Bones Quantity
Skulls and Jawbones 209
Vertebrae, Ribs and Collarbones 360
Pelvises and Coccyxes 37
Arm Bones and Scapulae 43
Leg Bones 111
Hand- and Foot Bones 151
Long Bones unident. 682
Total 1593
 
3D-Visualisation of the burial positioning at the northern end of the chamber.
Orange: Skulls | Green: Anatomical Associations | Yellow: other Bones