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D45 Emmen (Emmerdennen)



Visited 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017.

Following the damage to Hunebed D45 Emmerdennen, the pieces of the shattered stone were removed to Tienhoven, in the province of Zuid-Holland and joined together again. First, the two halves were glued together using epoxy resin. Once this had set, four holes, each three metres in length, were drilled through the stone and stainless steel rods 3 centimetres in diameter inserted and glued in place. Finally, the drill holes were camouflaged so that they are now scarcely noticeable. The cost of restoration was €20,000. The restored capstone was replaced on its sidestones in early December 2011.

The work has been carried out to a very high standard. The join is almost invisible: indeed, unless you actually look for it, it is unlikely that you would notice it at all.

A report on this (in Dutch) can be found here, which includes a number of photographs, one of them showing the holes drilled into the stone.
An original news report on the incident (dated July 11, 2011) can be found here, and a photograph of the damage can be seen here.
The text of the article translates as follows ...
"In a woodland area near Emmen, a hunebed has been badly damaged. According to the State Forest Management, vandals had lit a fire under one of the capstones. As a consequence, the stone, measuring 3 by 4 metres split in half and fell into the grave.

"A walker discovered the destruction to the prehistoric monument this morning. Forester Geerling Kruidhof said that the vandals had been irresponsible. A serious accident could have occurred as children regularly play among the stones.

"State Forest Management have closed off the dolmen, a National Monument, for security. Damage is valued at 15,000 euro. It is not yet known if the hunebed will be restored."

The Netherlands has 54 hunebeds, of which 52 lie in Drenthe.

There is a YouTube video showing the repaired stone being replaced here .
LesHamilton Posted by LesHamilton
24th May 2013ce
Edited 6th April 2021ce

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