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Archsum 1

Passage Grave


The Merelmerskhoog is one of the best preserved megalithic tombs on Sylt. The passage grave is located southwest of Archsum directly at the foot of the Nössedeich (Deich means dike). The two giant beds Archsum 2 and Archsum 3 are in a direct line on the other side of the dike in the Wadden Sea. The locals call this place in Sylt Frisian "Mootjis Küül" (Grandmother's Hollow).

The burial chamber is oriented in a north-south direction and consists of four support stones on the long sides and two stones on the narrow sides. There are four capstones on top of the chamber, the middle ones are slightly displaced. The size of the chamber is 5.3 × 1.5 m. The 3.5 m long corridor begins in the middle of the eastern long side and consists of three pairs of stones with corresponding cap stones. Probably because the tomb is at sea level (possibly even a little lower), there is water in the burial chamber.

To get to the tomb, turn shortly before leaving the village in the direction of Keitum from the Dorfstrasse in Archsum south into Uaster Reeg. Then turn right into Weesterstich and after 250 m turn left into Deichweg. Follow this road south-west for 1.6 km, there is a parking lot immediately in front of the Nössedeich (dike). Walk left from here in a northwesterly direction for about 800 m on the paved road (don't cross the dike) to reach the site.

Visited September 2020
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
1st November 2020ce
Edited 14th November 2020ce

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