First, second and third Vorstengraf
In 1933, the so-called Vorstengraf was uncovered during the construction of a trailer park on the heath. It contained a bronze bucket containing a curved iron sword from 700 BC. The find was transferred to the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden in Leiden. The site of the hill was later a junkyard. The mound is now partly restored, a portion of the circumference of the hill is marked with poles.
In 2009, a second Vorstengraf was discovered a few hundred metres from the first Vorstengraf. The finds from this tomb are displayed in the Jan Cunen Museum in Oss. In 2011, it was announced that a third Vorstengraf was discovered in Uden.
The Vorstengraf is located at the interchange Paalgraven. This node is named after the pile graves that have been found in the immediate vicinity. These tombs were built in the period of the Early Bronze Age to the Early Iron Age, between 2000 BC to 700 BC.
In the vicinity of the tomb two Forest Hills Tree Wreaths were excavated. According to archaeologists the poles probably had a ritual function. One of the hills is surrounded by a ditch.
To the east and south of the Vorstengraf an urnfield was found dating back to the Late Bronze Age and Early Iron Age. Cremated remains are interred in an urn or cloth. Soon after the establishment of the Vorstengraf the burial ground was closed.
The area De Zevenbergen - Seven Mounds - was examined in 1964 and 1965 and seven burial mounds were found. When the junction was built had followed up this investigation. Leuven trial revealed that in the area a line of poles of at least 100 metre length has been found. In 2004 came the actual excavation of the burial ground.
In the 13th century a gallows was built on one of these hills. This was at a crossroads of continuous ruts on the heath and the remains of two victims were found nearby.
East of the burial ground of a country remains were found.
There are folk tales associated with the mound, Jan Cunen has ever recorded that a prince should be buried in the heath.
The hill is also called Hansjoppenmountain. There are several stories about the dwarf Hans Joppen.
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