|Visited: May 19, 2013
Hunebed D19 Drouwen lies just south of Steenhopenweg in the village of Drouwen, shortly before it passes beneath the N34 highway. D19 lies to the west of hunebed D20 in a grassy, tree-bordered park and still has five of its original nine capstones in place. Two more capstones lie shattered on the floor of the grave. The entrance portal is prominent with four sidestones and one capstone in place. D19 underwent restoration in 1998 when two split sidestones were repaired and their capstone repositioned.
Hunebed D19 was the very first hunebed to undergo a detailed archaeological investigation (in 1912) when the remains of 400 pots, 14 axe-heads, 9 beads and 6 copper bands were unearthed. The latter are the oldest metal objects ever found in the Netherlands.
Many of these pots, painstakingly reconstructed from their fragments, are now on display at the Hunebed Centrum in Borger. Three of them are illustrated above.
To reach this hunebed, start from the Markeweg bus stop in Drouwen, walk a few metres south to Steenhopenweg and turn right (west) into it. After about 350 metres, you will meet signs indicating hunebeds to your left.
You can view a short video of D19 Drouwen on YouTube.
Posted by LesHamilton
11th August 2013ce
Edited 30th June 2015ce