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Chambered Tomb

<b>Heinbockel</b>Posted by NucleusImage © Uwe Häberle 05/2019
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  • Sprockhoff Nr. 656

Latitude:53° 34' 17.69" N
Longitude:   9° 19' 57" E

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Unfortunately there is not much left of the megalithic tomb in Heinbockel. Only two supporting stones, as well as a capstone and a end stone of a northeast-southwest oriented burial chamber is preserved. Its width is 1.5 m, the original length and the type of the tomb can not be determined. The information board makes like the entire system a rather sad impression. The proximity to homes and a road also does not contribute to the overall atmosphere.

The tomb is located directly in Heinbockel. Drive on the K57 from Hagenah towards Heinbockel. Just when you enter the village turn right into the road Im Buschberge, which leads directly to the tomb. After 300 m you come to a T-junction and the road Kötnerende, the tomb is located directly at this T-junction on the other side of the road.

Visited May 2019
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
4th July 2019ce

taken from the on-site information board:

The megalithic tomb of Heinbockel

Only one end stone, two opposite support stones and a capstone testify to a megalithic tomb from the Neolithic (the younger Stone Age) in Heinbockel. The accompanying drawing illustrates the general principle according to which megalithic tombs have been erected: The longitudinal sides of the burial chambers are formed by paired boulders, the conclusion on the narrow sides is formed by a eratic block. The capstones rest on the stones.

Over the centuries, the megalithic tombs were largely destroyed because their stones were sought after for construction purposes. An impressive example of such a changeable tomb-to-quarry history is this remnant of a megalithic tomb. It is a monument in the double sense. On the one hand, it bears witness to a type of burial in the Neolithic period, on the other hand, the handling of later generations with these graves. (One of the best-preserved megalithic tombs in the district of Stade stands on the road from Hamburg to Groß Sternberg.)
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
4th July 2019ce
Edited 4th July 2019ce