Disturbed remains may not be fault of grave robbers

Archaeologists who have found graves from the early Middle Ages with remains disturbed have long believed that grave robbers were responsible, but new research may show that the destruction was done for other reasons than material gain.

Postdoctoral researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Edeltraud Aspöck, believes that disturbance, destruction or theft of bones in mid-fifth to mid-eighth century graves might be attributed to loved ones or community residents wishing for souvenirs or seeking rest for the deceased.