The dead lay on her stomach with her face down. Her right arm was bent sharply, the left one also, but below the upper body. It is noticeable that the left thigh was missing – otherwise the skeleton is to be regarded as complete.
Regarding the offerings, the archaeologists were able to establish two clusters:
Discoveries around the skull : iron scissors , iron brass fitting, two cuppings, a large ceramic bead, more beads of various materials such as rock crystal, jet, glass and non-ferrous metal, and chain pendants, small hook and eye of silver and a large pin made of iron .
Finds in the area of the right hip: a possible organic container with a thimble made of nonferrous metal, five iron keys, two silver coins and other objects not yet defined objects.
Various components of a chain (eg, faience , jet and copper beads ) were distributed from the skull to the pelvis.
Pathologies and possible cause of death
The nearly 160 cm tall, graceful woman was 30-40 years old and suffered from a periostitis of the left tibia and pathological changes in the spine (osteophytes) . In addition, the competent anthropologist Dr. George McGlynn noted that some teeth had caries and several abscesses had infested the jaw.
As causes of death there are eventually several possibilities:
blood poisoning ( septicemia )
plague or typhus
murder (eg strangulation or poisoning ), but no traces of violence were found.
Found belongings (grave goods)
Six cuppings made from non-ferrous metal
amulet chain consisting of numerous components
residual wax ( candle? )
iron hinge scissors
Fire racket made of iron
sewing needle including container
Ceramic Beads ( possibly served as spindle whorls )
metal holder with chain made of iron (cutlery container), knives and sharpening steel
bag with coins (two silver coins)
hooks and fasteners
other findings are still in evaluation
Missing belongings / Equipment
flint and tinder fungus
This was curiously available, but already found in a previous sondage in 2003 and together with left thigh bone (which was mistakenly interpreted as a pan handle) recovered and is unfortunately currently lost.
Several fates could explain the healers identity:
A “Marketenderin“ or sutler from the period of the Thirty Years’ War,who travelled from one place to another died during her journey and was quickly buried besides the road.
A gypsy ( Fahrende , Jeni , Karrnerin ) who was buried as a heathen.
A local suicide, who could not be buried in consecrated ground ( the prone position was a funeral variant that has been handed down in relation to suicide ).
A killing with ritual, superstitious or criminal background.
Because of her equipment this woman is undisputedly to settle in the area of traditional medicine with a magic background. In general the research team reached difficult terrain since the transitions between medicine and magic have always been fluent. There is also the question of whether the people of the 17th century shared our modern perception of magic during a time when witch hunts and the vampire belief were popular.