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<b>Denghoog</b>Posted by NucleusImage © Uwe Häberle 09/2020
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  • Sprockhoff Nr. 4

Latitude:54° 56' 25.69" N
Longitude:   8° 19' 45.12" E

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The Denghoog (one possible interpretation could be Thing mound) is an approximately 5000 year old, accessible passage grave in Wenningstedt on the island of Sylt. The grave lies under a 3.20 m high mound with a diameter of around 32 m. The chamber measures about 5 x 3 m and is formed by twelve large supporting stones on which three huge capstones are resting. The burial chamber can be reached via a corridor about six meters long and one meter high. Similar to other well-known passage tombs (e.g. Newgrange) the sun shines on the winter solstice down the passage into the grave chamber.

To make access to the grave easier, the ceiling was opened and a ladder was installed. This fact and the fact that benches were set up in the burial chamber diminishes the atmosphere of the otherwise completely preserved passage grave.

The grave is north of the Friesenkapelle and the village pond in Wennigstedt. You drive on the bypass road L24 from Westerland to Kampen. At the roundabout, take the third exit to get to Wenningstedt. Here you take the first street to the right (Kampener Weg) and follow it for about 330 m. Here the street turns left at a right angle and after another 130 m you will find some parking spaces on the right hand side at a children's playground. Park here and follow the path between the playground and the church to the north. The Denhoog is only approx. 100 m from here. The grave is operated by the Sölring Museum Association and can only be viewed from April to October. Check the provided link for further information.

Visited September 2020
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
24th November 2020ce

taken from the on-site hünen.kulTOUR information board:


The Denghoog is one of the most beautiful megalithic tombs from the Neolithic (New Stone Age). It was probably built around 5,200 years ago and stood completely free in the landscape. In the imposing burial mound there is a northern passage grave with an approx. 6 m long passage and an approx. 5 x 3 m large chamber. This is closed at the top by three mighty cap stones. The largest of these capstones weighs around 20 tons. The grave was wrapped in a thick layer of clay and rubble.

The Denghoog was originally surrounded by a circle of boulders. When it was excavated in 1868, the burial chamber was still completely untouched. In addition to the remains of an unburned corpse, the remains of other burials and many grave goods were found.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
24th November 2020ce

taken from the on-site information board:


A 5000 year old burial chamber from the Neolithic Age

You are standing in front of one of the most important attraction on the island of Sylt, the Denghoog, one of the most beautiful passage graves from the younger Stone Age (4100 - 1700 BC). A period of the Funnel Beaker Culture once known as the Denghoog stage was named after him. Even the interpretation of the name Denghoog is controversial. One theory translates it as a mound with an underground chamber, a more probable one as a mound in a meadow, since 100 years ago it stood completely free in the landscape. In Sylt-Frisian (Sölring) it is referred to as Thing mound or a mound for gathering. Did our ancestors come together here in the open air to speak justice? But why then on a burial mound?
But this hill was created in the 3rd millennium BC as a burial place. Today it still rises 3.50 meters above its surroundings. At the foot it measures about 32 meters in diameter. In 1868 the mound was examined by the professor of geology Ferdinand Wibel, who found the large burial chamber hidden underneath. At a depth of about 1.20 meters - measured from the surface of the mound - you come across the capstones of the chamber, into which you can now comfortably descend from above.

Let yourself be impressed by the size of the chamber, which is laid out in the shape of an ellipse and measures five meters in an east-west direction and three meters in a north-south direction. Twelve large supporting stones form the side walls. The gaps are sealed by dry masonry made of stone tiles stacked on top of each other. Three huge capstones close the chamber at the top. The stones are all boulders that were found in the penultimate Ice Age, the Salle Ice Age, 300,000 to 130,000 BC, were transported here from Scandinavia. The corner stone on the west side of the passage clearly shows glacier cut. A layer of solid blue clay, mud fluff from the east side of the island, mixed with bowl-shaped stone debris, almost completely prevents water from entering. Above this lies a layer of yellow sand, which is finally covered at the top by a layer of humus. A corridor about six meters long and one meter high led into the burial chamber.

In addition to a healthy clay vessel, Wibel found fragments from 24 other vessels. Other grave goods included numerous stone implements such as hatchets, flat chisels and gouges, twenty flint blades, a bulb of pebbles for firing and two circular, perforated discs of 10 and 12 cm in diameter, so-called disc maces. In addition, 6 amber pearls were found, one of them in the shape of an amazon ax as well as fragments of another amber pearl. The finds are exhibited today in the Archaeological State Museum Schleswig-Holstein at Gottort Castle.

You can see casts of the most beautiful pieces in the Sylt Heimatmuseum in Keitum.
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
24th November 2020ce


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Sölring Museen - Denhoog

Entry of the passage grave Denhoog on the island of Sylt. The site is maintained by the Sölring Museen association and can only be visited between Apriol and October. Further information can be found here (in German only).
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
24th November 2020ce

Ferdinand Wibel - Der Gangbau des Denghoogs bei Wenningstedt auf Sylt

Ferdinand Wibel

The passage building of the Denghoog near Wenningstedt on Sylt. Uncovered, examined and described in its general importance for Nordic antiquity [= twenty-ninth report of the Schleswig-Holstein-Lauenburg Society for the collection and preservation of patriotic antiquities]

Kiel 1869

(Scans, in German only)
Nucleus Posted by Nucleus
24th November 2020ce