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Mahlsdorf

Standing Stones

Fieldnotes

Only three stones from this site are preserved. The first one (menhir 1) stands directly in front of the south side of the churchyard wall. It is plate-shaped and tapers upwards. It consists of black-gray sedimentary rocks and has a height of 1.26 m, a width of 0.85 m and a thickness of 0.45 m. On the north side it has a series of very wide and deep cups.

Menhir 2 is 12 meters to the east. He leans against a modern stone pillar and is partially cemented. The menhir is edged and has a rectangular cross-section. It consists of red granite and has a height of 1.58 m, a width of 0.72 m and a thickness of 0.40 m.

Menhir 3 is located 26 meters northwest of menhir 2 just outside the church. He is block-shaped and strongly inclined. It consists of reddish sedimentary rocks and has a height of 1.25 m, a width of 0.75 m and a thickness of 0.45 m.

According to the on site plan, there once was a fourth stone until 1992. The stone stood about 8 meters east of menhir 2 and formed a row with this and menhir 1.

It is believed that both the church construction, as well as the course of the village street follows the westeastern alignment of the old row of stones (menhir 1, 2 and 4). An imaginary line of menhir 1 and 3 runs approximately through the altar of the church. Originally there were more stones, even an interpretation as a stone circle would be plausible.

The church with the menhirs lies right in the middle of the village right off the B71 road.

Visited April 2019
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
9th May 2019ce
Edited 9th May 2019ce

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