*) The Project
Detective skills are called for: In a burial ground dating back four thousand years BC, a team of researchers led by archaeologist Susanne Friederich stumble across a collective grave. Nine people were buried here over 5,000 years ago – four adult women and five children. Who were they? Were they mothers buried with their children? Did they die as result of a catastrophe – a fire perhaps? Or were they the victims of some kind of ritual sacrifice? The researchers begin their detective work.
Gumboots are part of her work gear when Dr. Susanne Friederich goes out to inspect graves from the Young Stone Age. Most of the time, though, she works at the State Office for Monument Preservation and Archaeology Saxony-Anhalt in Halle (Saale), where our Young-Stone-Age specialist analyses archaeological finds – or acts as a guide at the State Museum of Prehistory, explaining to visitors the exhibits which are often more than 5,000 years old.