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Passage Grave

<b>Bunsoh</b>Posted by NucleusImage © Uwe Häberle 06/2020
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  • Sprockhoff Nr. 143

Latitude:54° 9' 54.36" N
Longitude:   9° 18' 25.6" E

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Bunsoh is a Holstein chamber-type passage grave and is relatively small at 3.75 m in length. The width is 1.55 m and the longitudinal axis is oriented from west to east. The floor of the chamber of the large stone grave was paved with pebbles the size of a head. The spaces between the supporting stones were closed with flat stone slabs. The chamber, which is accessed from the south, was divided into four quarters. Ceramics and appliances made of flint were found as grave goods.

Three capstones rest on eight vertical supporting stones, of which the western one is covered with about 300 small cup-marks, several engraved lines, a wheel cross, stylized human hands and a sole. The latter three are not found in Germany and are rarely found anywhere else. The cup-marked stone from Bunsoh is considered to be one of the most important cult objects from prehistoric times, six more cup-marked stones were discovered in the vicinity of the large stone grave.

The tomb is still surrounded by its burial mound, which does not necessarily make taking photos easy, but gives a good idea of ??the entire complex.

To get to the grave, drive in Albersdorf on the Norderstraße in the direction of Immenstedt. Approx. 2 km after you have crossed a railway line at the end of the village, turn right onto the L148 in the direction of Wrohm and after another 200 m turn right again into Ziegeleistraße. There is a small parking lot here with an information sign, from which the short footpath (approx. 300 m) leads around a field to the tomb.

Highly recommended if you are in the area!!!

P.S.: The image stabilizer on my camera didn't work properly on this tour, so some of my images are unfortunately out of focus. Sorry for that.

P.S.S.: I replaced some of the images, which I shot during a stopover on my trip to Sylt in September 2020.

Visited June 2020
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
4th October 2020ce

taken from the on-site information board:

Bunsoh, district Dithmarschen
Megalithic tomb and cup stone

The megalithc tomb is located on a ridge between the Gieselau and Westerau lowlands. It was opened for the first time in 1884, but very improperly. At that time only the mound was visible and the "excavators" hoped for treasures inside the mound. In 1908 the first more detailed investigation took place in the course of a necessary repair. Large stone graves, also called megalithic tombs (Greek megas = large, lithos = stone), vary in their construction. This tomb is a "Holstein Chamber", a special form of the so-called passage graves. The corridor does not start right in the middle of the tomb, which is more rectangular in plan. In the megalithic tomb of Bunsoh, there are three cap stones on eight support stones, the spaces between which are sealed with flat dry masonry. The western capstone, which is exceptionally made of sandstone, is richly decorated with numerous bowls and symbols. Usually granite was used as a building material in the Stone Age. The floor of the chamber was paved with stones the size of a head. New vertical stone slabs divided the chamber into four compartments: perhaps a division for clans or families, in which bones and accessories were deposited. During the investigations, numerous finds came to light: i.a. a flint dagger handle with remains of a blade, a small flat ax and some well-preserved vessels.
The surface of the cup-marked stone about 150 bowls and grooves of various sizes and depths, as well as two handprints shown in pairs, two footprints, a wheel with four spokes and a bowl surrounded by a double circle. The western side of the stone has downwardly running furrows. The interpretation of these motives is very difficult. It is certain that the decorations were only created between the late Neolithic and the Middle Bronze Age. The capstone had reappeared through removal or erosion and was probably considered a kind of "holy stone", which was gradually provided with the symbols. With an extension of the burial mound in the Bronze Age, the capstone was covered again and thus survived the time unscathed. Above all, the weather and willful destruction make the verifications a problem.
Above the middle capstone was a grave with a tree coffin from the older Bronze Age (approx. 1700 BC). Unfortunately, no additions have been made to this grave. All that was left of the tree coffin were past remains.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
13th September 2020ce


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Großsteingrab von Bunsoh (mit Schalenstein)

KuLaDig - Culture. Landscape. Digital. - is an information system about the historical cultural landscape and the natural cultural heritage.

Entry for this site with lot of information and images (in German only)
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
4th October 2020ce