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Passage Grave


taken from the on-site HISTOUR-Ditmarschen information board:

Burial chamber Linden-Pahlkrug

The passage grave, discovered in 1879 and at that time improperly excavated, is considered by some archaeologists to be the "Nordic passage grave" type, which is common in southern Scandinavia, despite its unusually short passage due to its more or less oval shape.
It was built shortly before or around 3000 BC by early Stone Age farmers. During its restoration in 1981, a light shaft was installed and most of the dry masonry was added between the supporting stones. For safety reasons, a swelling stone was built under the entrance.
The burial mound was filled up again in the dimensions handed down from 1879. The large chamber stones and a large part of the infill masonry are in their original position, the capstone above the corridor probably no longer.

A small corner of the chamber floor has been preserved intact. The remainder and the fill of white-annealed flint originally placed on it was reconstructed.

The function of megalithic tombs erected in an early period of the rural Stone Age is not entirely clear. Apparently there were also quite simple earth graves in addition to the burials in stone chambers. Chambers with a corridor like this were built for multiple burials. It is possible that an unknown funeral rite took place after death, during which the corpse largely decayed. Some finds in the stone chambers indicate that skeletons and piles of bones were buried. Numerous remains of decorated clay pots were also found.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
11th October 2020ce

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