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<b>Valther Forest, Emmen</b>Posted by LesHamiltonD40 © Les Hamilton
Latitude:52° 48' 38.87" N
Longitude:   6° 53' 16.76" E

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On the western outskirts of Emmen is Valther Forest. There are three hunebedden here, D38, D39 and D40. They're not in fantastic condition, but they are in the most glorious woodland setting. Go there for complete peace. Jane Posted by Jane
30th July 2007ce

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D40 (Hunebed) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>D40</b>Posted by LesHamilton<b>D40</b>Posted by LesHamilton LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th August 2013ce

D39 (Hunebed) — Images

<b>D39</b>Posted by LesHamilton LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th August 2013ce

D39 (Hunebed) — Fieldnotes

Visited May 19, 2013

Some 40 metres west of hunebed D40 Emmerveld Southeast lies hunebed D39 Emmerveld Southwest, still largely hidden by the ramains of its original mound. The eight side- and end-stones are buried deep in the sand with only their tops visible. Of the original three capstones, only one remains in place, the others either having been robbed in antiquity, or perhaps lying deep inside the grave. So deeply is the whole structure buried in the sand that the capstone seems almost to be resting on the ground itself.
For route directions, refer to D40.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th August 2013ce

D38 (Hunebed) — Images

<b>D38</b>Posted by LesHamilton LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th August 2013ce

D38 (Hunebed) — Fieldnotes

Visited May 19, 2013

Some 50 metres northwest of hunebed D40 Emmerveld Southeast lies hunebed D38 Emmerveld North, which presents a rather sorry picture, only two of its original five capstones remaining in position, the others having long ago slid down into the central chamber. The eleven side- and end-stones seem rather diminuative, until it is realised that much of the original mound that was built over this hunebed is still in place. Like icebergs, almost all of the sidestones remain buried in sand.
For route directions, refer to D40.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th August 2013ce

D40 (Hunebed) — Images

<b>D40</b>Posted by LesHamilton<b>D40</b>Posted by LesHamilton LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th August 2013ce

D40 (Hunebed) — Fieldnotes

Visited May 19, 2013

Although hunebed D40 Emmerveld Southeast today presents a splendid profile with two enormous capstones resting on four sidestones—of probably similar size—and a stone entranceway, it was not always so.
When the hunebed was originally built, these stones were simply the superstructure of the passage grave: all the spaces between the sidestones were packed with smaller stones and the entire structure was buried under an artificial mound of sand and turf.

As recently as 1918, when this hunebed was investigated by noted Dutch archaeologist Albert van Giffen, it was still partly covered over. Disappointingly, this hunebed revealed very few artefacts: just a few loose potsherds and three stone tools. In the decades since, the covering mound has been stripped away.

This splendid megalith can easily be reached on foot from Emmen Station. Head north along Weerdingerstraat for about 250 metres then follow the 3rd road on the left, Walstraat, to its intersection with Noordeinde at the western boundary of Emmen. Turn to the right and follow Nordeinde (which changes its name to Odoorneweg on the way) to a roundabout, where it is joined on the right by Valtherzandweg. Continue along Odoorneweg past the roundabout for 200 metres till you come upon a tree-lined farm track on your right (heading roughly north). There are prominent 'Hunebed' signs at the start of this track, so you can't miss it. What follows is a pleasant woodland walk of about 700 metres to the clearing which contains hunebed D40 Emmerveld. The surroundings are delightful, consisting of open woodland and heather.

One of a trio of hunebedden, D38 and D39 lie just a few metres away in the same clearing.

More information from Hans Meijer's website Dolmens in the Netherlands.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
8th August 2013ce

D40 (Hunebed) — Images

<b>D40</b>Posted by sam sam Posted by sam
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