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.
There are two hunebedden at Drouwen, just about 50 metres apart and another one (D26) about a kilometer away. D20 is one of the twins. We were actually on our way to Bronneger to see the five there, but passing through Drouwen to get there, we suddenly glimpsed the twins of D19 and D20 no more than 10 metres apart.
They have there own big space in parkland on the edge of the village. People come here often - we could see the tracks in the snow – to exercise their dogs, play with their kids or just as a point to walk to and from. How splendid that this pair of lovelies are still enjoyed.
D19 has virtually no kerbstones left but five of its capstones survive and are still up. Both D19 and D20 are a good size, too, like D52 at Noordsleen and just as impressive.