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D27 Borger


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Latitude:52° 55' 48.71" N
Longitude:   6° 47' 52.94" E

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D27 Borger viewed from a Drone

Wiebe de Jager has filmed D27 Borger, Netherland's largest hunebed, using his DJI Phantom 2 drone fitted with a GoPro Hero 4 video camera.

The video can be viewed on YouTube.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
26th June 2016ce
Edited 26th June 2016ce

Visited: June 18, 2015

Hunebed D27 Borger sits in the shade of a small patch of woodland immediately south of the Hunebedcentrum in the attractive village of Borger. With a length of 22.5 metres, this is by far the largest of all the Hunebedden in Drenthe. Essentially complete, it comprises 26 orthostats which support 9 huge capstones, and there are two endstones. There is also a complete entrance portal with its capstone supported on two pairs of sidestones. Originally surrounded by a ring of kerbstones, only two remain.

One remarkable feature, noted by Van Giffen, is the fact that capstones 5 and 6 had been fashioned from the same boulder.

You can get a good impression of D27 from this 3D Visualisation.

The passage grave and the Hunebedcentrum together attract over 100,000 visitors annually, and in the holiday season the monument tends to become a climbing area for kids.

In 1695, Titia Brongersma, a poetess from Groningen visited the site and discovered the shattered remains of several pots and a number of bone fragments: alas, all are long since lost, a great pity, because neolithic human remains are exceedingly rare in the Netherlands.

In 1983, a 14-year-old student, René Edens, found human bone fragments beside some decorated potsherds here. On examination, these bones were found to date to the Bronze Age, which suggests that this monument was still in use well after the end of the Neolithic Period.

In 2010, the base of the hunebed was scanned by radar, revealing the original clay base still to be intact, and that the main 30 centimetre deep floor above it was still in good condition.

This makes it likely that items such as funnel cups, hand axes and jewellery may remain preserved below the megalith, although there are currently no plans to excavate.
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
1st March 2016ce
Edited 31st January 2018ce

After lunching in a comfy and quirky typically Dutch eetcafe called 't Hunebed in the centre of Borger village, we made our way to the edge of the village to the largest hunebed of the lot – what Julian calls the 'Great Borger Hunebed'. The Rijkshunebed Informatiecentrum is here, too, and sold lots of lovely books and stuff – but not a damn thing in English. Easy to find - just get yourself to Borger (a very pretty town) and follow the signs. Tip: its in the north of the village.

Borger is a monster. Simply huge. Deeply impressive, its giant backbone of capstones all supported, it does feel like a sleeping dinosaur or huge segmented insect larvae. I challenge the most disinterested person not to go 'Ooh!' at this one. It feels slightly soulless to me; though this might be because it is undoubtedly the most visited and exploited.
Jane Posted by Jane
30th July 2007ce


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Hunebed Center

This is the website of the Hunebed Center Museum at Great Borger.
texlahoma Posted by texlahoma
12th October 2010ce

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Hunebed in Borger - 3D panoramic view of this massive hunebed
goffik Posted by goffik
12th January 2010ce
Edited 25th January 2010ce

Hans Meijer's Dolmens in the Netherlands

Jane Posted by Jane
30th July 2007ce