Between 12.08 – 27.08.2013, a grave mound at Rom Mellem was partially excavated by the means of test trenching in order to investigate its nature and character as a possible ship burial. The results of the test trenching repudiated this, in addition to confirming that the central burial had been heavily subjected to disturbance due to the later construction of a potato cellar. The potato cellar was bordered by a stone wall alignment of which undisturbed parts could belong to a central burial chamber. However, this investigation did not allow further excavations beyond the limited trench, which would have been necessary to clarify the relationship of the potato cellar and the possible intact remains of a central burial chamber. Intact contextual phases of the burial mound were identified, such as a substantial stone layer overlying two possible cremation patches, in addition to a relict intermixed plough soil with iron concretion and a layer with ard-marks. Also, a sizable circular ring ditch containing a charcoal layer, suggest a secondary burning activity associated with the burial. C14-analysis of the possible cremation patch in the N profile of the trench extension, have supplied a date range between 180-190 AD, 250-340 calAD (1770±30 uCal), which places the activity to the Roman Period. This is additionally confirmed by another C14- analysis of the charcoal layer in the ring ditch, which places the burning activity to 80-240 calAD (1850±30 uCal). This was further supported by finds of coarse-grained pottery in the layer. In sum, C14-results place the mound to belong to the Roman period.
Prosjektleder: Jan Bill.