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Reckumer Steine — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 29: Reckum Stones (29a+b)


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
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20th October 2018ce

Kleinenknetener Steine — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 25: Kleinenkneter Stones (25a-c)


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
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20th October 2018ce

Bargloyer Steinkiste (Cist) — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 27: Bargeloy Stone Cist (27b)


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
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20th October 2018ce

Hohe Steine, Wildeshausen — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 27: High Stones (27a)


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
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20th October 2018ce

Thölstedt (Passage Grave) — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 28: Thölstedt (28b)


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
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20th October 2018ce

Visbeker Braut (Hunebed) — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 28: Visbek Bride (28a)


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
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20th October 2018ce

Dötlingen (Passage Grave) — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 30: Dötlingen (30e)


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
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20th October 2018ce

Gerichtsstätte (Passage Grave) — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 30: Place of Trial (30a)


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
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20th October 2018ce

Hatten 2 (Passage Grave) — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 31: Steenberg


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
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20th October 2018ce

Stenum (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

Stenum is the the northernmost station of the "Route of Megalithic Culture" (Straße der Megelithkultur) and lies very beautiful under oak trees on a small hill, but the grave itself is unfortunately badly destroyed. The tomb is located in Stenum on the road "Am Hünengrab", it is signposted and there is also a small parking space.

There are still numerous support stones, although some moved slightly and several stones are completely shifted. Two capstones are still preserved. The southwestern part of the tomb is destroyed.

Visited July 2018
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
20th October 2018ce

taken from the "Faszination Archäologie" information board:

Neolithic tomb

Despite its fragmentary state of preservation, the approximately 5,000-year-old Stenumer megalithic tomb offers an impressive overall picture that gives a good idea of the original layout.

Testimony of sedentary life
Megalithic tombs like "Stenum" are considered the oldest surviving structures of northern Central Europe. Until the fourth millennium BC only hunters and gatherers lived in the Wildeshauser Geest. Only the "funnel beaker culture" (about 3500 - 2700 BC) settled down permanently.

They bred cattle, planted grain and lived in post constructions. Presumably, they believed in an otherworldly life and therefore built their deceased sometimes monumental graves of boulders. Those megalithic graves or megalithic tombs (Greek: mega = large, lithos = stone) were erected not for individuals, but for groups and used over many generations.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
20th October 2018ce

Stenum (Passage Grave) — Links

Route of Megalithic Culture - Site 33: Stenum


330 kilometres of scenic route lead you to 33 exciting archaeological sites through Northwest Germany. On your way you will find more than 70 Neolithic (3.500 to 2.800 B.C.) megalithic tombs.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
20th October 2018ce

Stenum (Passage Grave) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Steinkimmen 3 (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

Steinkimmen 3 is only for the completist, as it is heavily destroyed and just a few stones are all that remains.

To reach the site, turn right immediatly after you left the Kümmerlandstraße into Bergedorfer Landstraße. Park you car here and walk left along a field track towards a row of trees for about 250m, after you reach the trees continue on that track for another 250m. The tomb is on the left, just before you reach a pond.

Visited July 2018
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20th October 2018ce

Steinkimmen 3 (Passage Grave) — Images

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Steinkimmen 1 (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

About northeast of Steinkimmen 2 lies Steinkimmen 1, which is relatively heavily destroyed, but you can still see the shape of the 18 m long northwest-southeast oriented burial chamber. One of the two preserved capstones is very large and is located at the eastern end slipped off in front of the tomb.

Steinkimmen 1 is station 32b of the Straße der Megalithkultur and is signposted from Steinkimmen 2.

Visited July 2018
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20th October 2018ce

Steinkimmen 1 (Passage Grave) — Images

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Steinkimmen 2 (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

This is the best preserved of the three megalithic tombs here in Steinkimmen. It is station 32a of the Straße der Megalithkultur and is located directly on a parking space on the road to Bergedorf.

Although only one capstone has been preserved in original position, the 23 x 2 m large chamber is still impressive. Almost all supporting stones are preserved, also the two endstones of the narrow sides. Well preserved and marked by four supporting stones is the access to the chamber. From the oval enclosure only 14 stones are visible.

Visited July 2018
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20th October 2018ce

Steinkimmen 2 (Passage Grave) — Images

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20th October 2018ce

Dingstede Thingstätte — Fieldnotes

Dingstede, situated on the western boundary of the municipality of Ganderkesee, was first mentioned as "Thingenstede" in a document of the Hude Monastery from 1249. Accordingly, the origin of the place name Dingstede comes from at a court site (Thingstätte = thing site), which is often associated with a megalithic grave of the same name destroyed at the end of the 18th century. Whether the archaeological site was actually a court site is unclear. In any case, in 1973 a replica of just this thing site was built on the outskirts of Dingstede.

It is located west of Dingstede at the "Alter Postweg" road to Munderloh.

Visited July 2018
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20th October 2018ce

Dingstede Thingstätte — Images

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20th October 2018ce

Hatten 2 (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

Hatten 2 aka "Steenberg" lies southeast of Sandhatten and is station 31 of the Straße der Megalithkultur so it is signposted and even has its own parking space. Drive from Sandhatten to Ostrittum and follow the signs, from the parking space it is a walk of about 700m around fields to the tomb, which lies under old oak trees.

The tomb is an approximately east-west oriented chamber of 16.3 x 2.0 meters dimension. Nearly all supporting stones are still present, only two are missing. Six capstones or parts of them are lying within the chamber. From the oval border some stones are still preserved.

Visited July 2018
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
20th October 2018ce

taken from the "Faszination Archäologie" information board:

"Steenberg"

The approximately east-west oriented grave chamber has a relatively good state of preservation. Their supporting stones are almost completely extant, half even in their original position. Only on each long sides the loss of one stone is recorded. Also visible are six capstones plunged into the chamber or their remains. From the narrow oval enclosure, however, only fragments have survived.

Testimony of sedentary life
Megalithic tombs like "Steenberg" (stone hill) are considered the oldest surviving structures of northern Central Europe. Until the fourth millennium BC only hunters and gatherers lived in the Wildeshauser Geest. Only the "funnel beaker culture" (about 3500 - 2700 BC) settled down permanently.

They bred cattle, planted grain and lived in post constructions. Presumably, they believed in an otherworldly life and therefore built their deceased sometimes monumental graves of boulders. Those megalithic graves or megalithic tombs (Greek: mega = large, lithos = stone) were erected not for individuals, but for groups and used over many generations.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
20th October 2018ce
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