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D48 Stone of Noordbarge

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<b>D48 Stone of Noordbarge</b>Posted by LesHamiltonImage © Les Hamilton
Latitude:52° 46' 12.54" N
Longitude:   6° 52' 21" E

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Visited: July 2, 2016

I finally got around to visiting this huge erratic boulder after failing miserably, on an earlier trip, to photograph it from the window of a moving bus.

I had been visiting Emmen's zoo, Wildlands, newly relocated to a spacious park on the western boundary of the town. At the end of the visit, I set out on foot for the Steen van Noordbarge, a pleasant 20-minute walk.

The stone is easily located as it lies on Emmerweg, just a few metres from the sign indicating the western boundary of Emmen/Noordbarge. It lies in a shallow grassy hollow, and measures 4.15 × 3.40 metres. Efforts had clearly been made in antiquity to shatter the stone for building purposes, as there is evidence of seven boreholes in it.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
9th July 2016ce
Edited 9th July 2016ce


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D48 Noordbargerbos (the Stone of Noordbarge), was at one time thought to be a capstone belonging to a buried hunebed and was included by archaeologist A E van Giffen in his original list of hunebedden. However, it later turned out that it was simply a single—though exceptionally large—erratic boulder.

This stone, located in the Noordbargerbos to the southwest of Emmen, is the largest megalith of the Netherlands. The Stone sits on the roadside verge to the north of Ermerweg, a little after its intersection with Nieuwe Amsterdamsestraat, about 300 metres west of the Noordbarge bus halt. Bus line 21 from Emmen to Assen will take you there.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
21st September 2013ce
Edited 19th January 2014ce