The Oval-Shaped grave
This is indeed a place of culture, of ritual and a necropolis...
The oval, ship_like structures served as places
of burial. The different types of burial included cremations during
which ashes were put in symbolical and highly unusual vases, for
the most part decorated with particularly penetrating eyes, and
very often accompanied by an inscription consisting of signs similar
to those incised and engraved on the majority of Glozel artifacts.
The fragments of human bones discovered raise the possibility that
the flesh was intentionally and ritually removed from the bones
after death. These exceptional sets of bones, and in particular
those relating to the cranium, suggest an act of contrition. One
must acknowledge the extreme thickness, double that of present crania.
Diagram of the grave showing the paving
- huge stones on top of
- large paving bricks
- side walls
- loose earth
- large paving brick with hand
(from a document drawn up by Dr Antonin MORLET)