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Kirchborchen I (Allee-Couverte) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Etteln (Allee-Couverte) — Fieldnotes

The gallery grave Etteln lies north west of the village on the Lechtenberg within a group of trees between fields. To reach the tomb turn left from the Kirchstraße (if you drive the K20 northward) into the Westernstraße, from here the tomb is signed (but a little unobtrusive). After about 750m turn right and after additional 750m turn left. You should reach a T-junction (you should already see the group of trees), turn right and after about 250m you should reach to tomb on your left. A pretty zigzag ride.

The place for the grave was probably chosen with great care more than 4.000 years ago, as it lies at the end of a ridge which slopes down to the north, giving very nice views of the landscape.

Visited July 2018

Taken from the information board:

Prehistoric gallery grave Etteln

Large community grave built in the Neolithic (2500 - 2000 BC.) in which a clan or settlement community of Neolithic cultivators buried for a long time their dead. Visible are the orthostats of the 22m long burial chamber, which are inclined inwards by the earth's pressure.
The chamber formerly had a ceiling of large limestone slabs. It was sunk into the ground by two-thirds and covered by an elongated mound of earth.
On the south side, an entrance led into the now underground burial room.
Finds from the stone chamber graves are exhibited in the Westphalian State Museum of Prehistoric and Early History in Münster and in the local history museum of the Paderborn district, in the Wewelsburg.

Etteln (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Henglarn II (Allee-Couverte) — Links

Henglarn II @ The Megalithic Portal


Contains images where the tomb is actually visible ;-)

Henglarn II (Allee-Couverte) — Fieldnotes

The grave is located at the northwestern end of Henglarn, just south of the road from Henglarn to the Autobahn junction Borchen-Etteln on the A33. It was discovered during the construction of the road. Unfortuantely it was heavily overgrown during my visit, without the display I would have probably passed the tomb without noticing.

The tomb's chamber is about 18.5 meters long and about 2.5 m wide, it is oriented approximately Northwest-Southeast.

Visited July 2018

Henglarn II (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Atteln I (Allee-Couverte) — Fieldnotes

The gallery grave Atteln I lies today on the edge of a small industrial area Auf dem Hohenloh east of Atteln and north of the road L754 to Husen. After leaving the Attelner Straße (L754) follow the road Im Mersch for about 175m and you'll find the tomb in a small clearing surrounded by trees to you right.

The tomb is oriented in northwest-southeast direction. It is about 21m long and 2.5-3m wide. The entrance was on the eastern narrow side and was closed by a simple drywall of river boulders, some stones of the drywall are still present. For the reconstruction of the tomb 17 original stones were used, missing stones were replaced by limestone blocks from a nearby quarry. The original height of the chamber could be reconstructed by a completely preserved wall stone at 1.65 meters. The northwestern end of the chamber, which is not accessible, was reconstructed using this stone.

Visited July 2018

Atteln I (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Die Externsteine (Natural Rock Feature) — Links

Die Externsteine in Horn-Bad Meinberg


Leaflets in German and English (PDF)

Externsteine - Wikipedia


Die Externsteine (Natural Rock Feature) — Images

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Rimbeck - Warburg (Allee-Couverte) — Fieldnotes

The gallery grave of Rimbeck - Warburg lies northeast of the village Rimbeck and belongs to the Hessian-Westphalian galleries. To reach the site leave the B7 into Elisabethstrasse, after about 430m when the road bends to left continue straight ahead into Zur Märk. After about 250m there is a slight right bend and you are in the road Zum Weissen Holz. Continue on this road for about 500m until you reach the forest. Park here and use the middle forest track which goes uphill for about 450m, where a little beaten path leaves the main track to the left. You should notice the information board of the tomb from here.

The 12 m long and 2 m wide gallery grave is embedded in the ground. While the supporting stones are largely preserved, no capstones were found. The site originally consisted of a chambered tomb completely covered with stone slabs, which lay under a mound and only connected to the outside world by a short corridor with a Port-hole slab (German: Seelenloch) still visible today.

The large pieces of rock from sandstone, which served as the building material, do not occur at the site. They had to be brought over a distance of 3.5km.

Visited July 2018

Rimbeck - Warburg (Allee-Couverte) — Images

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Hertingshausen (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

The menhir of Hertingshausen is located on the edge of a small wood, north of the K22 between Baunatal and Hertingshausen. It is a strangely wedged shaped 2m high stone that looks like much of it has broken away and is now missing.

Like the Hünstein - Großenritte in Baunatal this menhir consists of quartzite, which was probably broken from the Hertingshäuser cliffs.

Visited July 2018

Hünstein - Großenritte (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

The Hünstein of Großenritte is now located at the Hünsteinplatz in the midst of a relatively new residential estate in Baunatal in the district of Großenritte. It is 2,75m high and weights about four tons.

It consists of a quartzite that is not present here. A material analysis showed that the Hünstein was probably broken from the Hertingshäuser cliffs, which are about 3.8km away.

Visited July 2018

Hünstein - Großenritte (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

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During my first trip to Ireland back in 2006, I was bitten by the 'megalithic' bug and since then I seek for every opportunity to visit as much sites as possible, with a bias for stone circles.

As I live in the southwest of Germany (not an area famous for megaliths), I rely on my holidays to be able to visit these sites.

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