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Chambered Tomb

<b>Körbelitz</b>Posted by NucleusImage © Uwe Häberle 04/2019
Also known as:
  • Hoher Stein

Latitude:52° 10' 18.41" N
Longitude:   11° 47' 41.89" E

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Körbelitz or Hoher Stein is a dolmen with a chamber oriented in the north-east-west-southwest direction, of which only the western part is preserved. The eastern part of the chamber is not preserved, so its original length and exact type of tomb can not be determined. The northern long side has two, the southern still a supporting stone. An endstone is present, as well as a capstone. The capstone has several cups on its top. It has a circumference of 5.8 m, a length of 2 m and a width of 1.4 m. Up to 1790/99 two more enclosure should have existed.

Drive on the L52 from Körbelitz to Wörmlitz. At the end of the village, the road make a sharp left turn. 725 m after the bend, a brown sign points into a dirt road that leads to the tomb. Drive around 350 m on this track until you reach the parking lot for the tomb. Walk the remaining 200 m to this nice dolmen from here.

Visited April 2019
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
12th May 2019ce

taken from the information board at the parking lot

The Giant Tomb

Rest of a megalithic tomb from the Stone Age

The megalithic tomb is considered the oldest testimony to the settlement of this area in the Neolithic period from 4.500 - 1.800 BC.

A large stone covers four smaller stones. Three of them are supporting the capstone.
The mound, which once surrounded the stones and covers the tomb, has long since been cleared away by wind and weather over the past centuries.

Originally the tomb was bigger. It should have continued to the east. Until 1790/99 two so-called Hunebeds should still have existed. For the construction of the tomb site, the boulders of various sizes, which were carried by the glacial glaciers from the north and subsequently deposited, were used.

This is also shown by the large stone of the war memorial 1914 - 18 in front of the church in Körbelitz, because the stone was retrieved in the immediate vicinity of the Hunebed 1921 from Schwarze acre.

The megalithic tomb was placed under protection on 1 July 1956 and has since been considered a ground monument. It is located along the communal grounds of the district Körbelitz west of the dirt road to Büden southeast of the village location.

The legend of the megalithic tomb is available from the local folklore society.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
12th May 2019ce


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taken from Heimatheft der Gemeinde Körbelitz, 1997

From the giant lineage based in Nisselheim
At Körbelitz, two giants arrived.
They built two castles nearby,
so that they see each other quite often.
They lived in peace and unity,
Until a while ago, a giant woman entered.
Since they did not have any women yet,
Both committed themselves as spouses.
Now the cause was given to the fight,
Which should embitter their life.
Gone was the unity
Immediately the wild quarrel began
And the warriors, the brave ones,
Were very strong as a giant.
The one throws a boulder into the castle,
The other one also used such stones.
So they hurled the stones from castle to castle,
Smashed the towers, through the walls.
One of them was hit and fell down
And soon afterward struggled with death.
Then the remorse returns to the other,
With compassion, he enters the castle,
He still meets his friend alive
Give him the hand as a noble man
And promises, as the friend had told him,
The last honor to prove him.
When he gave up his spirit,
First he digs a shallow grave for him.
Then he brings huge stones,
To cover the bones of the dead.
He erects the stones to a chamber,
Put in jar and hammer,
Rest the dead in it '
And cover them with big stones.
The castle sites are empty and desolate,
The tomb still exists today.
And whoever makes a stop in the village,
Can still hear from this legend.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
12th May 2019ce
Edited 12th May 2019ce