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<b>Preußlitz</b>Posted by NucleusImage © Uwe Häberle 04/2019
Also known as:
  • Sieben Steine
  • Siebensteine
  • Rügensteine

Latitude:51° 43' 51.2" N
Longitude:   11° 48' 50.4" E

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The Sieben Steine (Seven Stones) are a group of stones in Preußlitz, a district of Bernburg (Saale) in Saxony-Anhalt, which are either the remains of a group of standing stones or a megalithic tomb. The stones are now in the southeast of Preußlitz in the Cörmigker street directly in front of a residential building opposite the cemetery. Nothing is known about their original location, except that it was a field in the vicinity of Preußlitz. The term "Rügensteine" has two possible origins: Either it goes back to the naming of the group as "a row of stones" (German Riege - Reihe) or the former function as a place of jurisdiction (Rügesteine - rebuke stones or judgment stones).

As the stones are located directly on main road from Preußlitz to Cörmigk access and parking is quite easy.

Visited April 2019
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
5th June 2019ce

taken from the information board
Arbeitskreis Archäologie im Bernburger Land e.V.:

Die Sieben Steine (The Seven Stones)

Middle Neolithic - Middle Ages approx. 3,500 BC - around 1,500 AD

Opposite the Preußlitzer cemetery on the road to Cörmigk stands a group of six (originally seven) stones. The individual objects are between 0.5 and 1.3 m in size, consist of different types of rock (sandstone, lignite quartzite, granite, gneiss) and have no recognizable traces of working. Their current location is secondary. They are said to have originally been in different locations in the surrounding area. Details are unknown.

Around the stones entwines an old legend, according to which once an old renegade monk with his fiddle enticed three men and three women to dance and thus prevented them from going to church. Monks and dancers were petrified into stone as punishment.

Unfortunately, we can only speculate about the actual origin of the stones and their former significance due to the vague findings. The erection of large stones (so-called menhirs) was a typical phenomenon of prehistoric megalithic, which was widespread in much of Europe from the Middle Neolithic to the early Bronze Age. In the pre-Christian and early Christian periods, such stone settings were sometimes associated with places of religious worship. It would also be possible that they are medieval legal monuments in the sense of rebuke stones or judgment stones.

Finally, the stones may also be remnants of removed megalithic tombs. Neolithic burial mounds and megalithic tombs once existed in the area around Preußlitz. In this context, one must remember the Ilgensteiner Mühlberg, which has disappeared today. It was located about 300 meters east of the Sieben Steine also on the road to Cörmigk and was excavated in 1923 by the Köthener prehistorian Walter Götze (1879 - 1952).
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
5th June 2019ce
Edited 5th June 2019ce