added by archaeologs A large barrow close to the Heuneburg hillfort in southern Germany. The barrow still stands to a height of 13 metres and covered 13 burials (eight inhumations and five cremations) of the later Hallstatt Iron Age (6th century bc). Two burials (one containing a man and a woman, the other a woman on her own) had wagons with them and, although the burials had been robbed, there were remains of what had originally been rich grave goods. The most remarkable find is a piece of silk cloth, presumably an import from the Far East, perhaps via the Mediterranean — the earliest documented occurrence of silk in Europe.
The Macmillan dictionary of archaeology, Ruth D. Whitehouse, 1983