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Steinkiste von Flögeln (Cist)

The stone cist of Flögeln was covered by a burial mound with a diameter of about 28 m and a height of 2.3 m. It formed the center of a large burial ground, which was archaeologically examined since 1956. The stone cist is eccentric in a round stone setting of 8.5 m diameter. The cist consists of five plate-like side stones and the capstone. It is 1.45 m long, 0.94 m wide and 0.52 m high. The bottom was mainly a 1.10 × 0.6 m stone slab.

To get to the stone cist you drive from Westwanna (north) coming immediately after the village entrance of Flögeln to the right (west) into the street Im Seegen. Follow this road for about 2 km before turning left (south) and after another 500 m you will see the stone cist signposted on the right side of the road.

Visited June 2019

taken from the on-site information board:

The stone cist of Flögeln

Even at the turn of the century, the stone cist was hidden in a heathland under a huge grave mound and formed the center of a large burial ground, which is largely destroyed today. When, in the post-war years, the destruction process also included this monument, the excavation of the mound began in 1956. The excavations were completed in the summer of 1957. In the course of the investigations, a cremation burial of the younger Bronze Age was found in the mound cover.

After lifting the capstone, an undisturbed burial could be documented: It showed the discoloration of the funeral. The buried was about 1.80 m tall, was on the left with his head at the southeast end of the tomb with his legs up. Although the burial itself was without grave goods, but in the hill structure of a stone cist covering the roll stone packing and sprinkled over sand some shards of the late Neolithic of the early 2 millennium BC were found.

Comparable graves are known in greater numbers in Schleswig-Holstein and Denmark, in the district of Cuxhaven, the site is unique.

Westerwanna 10 (Passage Grave)

About 3.5 km south of Westerwanna lies a group of three tombs: Westerwanna 08, Westerwanna 09 and Westerwanna 10. Westerwanna 08 and Westerwanna 09 are both heavily destroyed, Westerwanna 10 is by far the best of the three tombs.

Westerwanna 10 is a passage grave. The chamber is about 7.5 m x 3.5 m, all supporting stones seem to be in situ. From the once four capstones, two are missing, one is fallen into the chamber and the westernmost is broken in two pieces. This massive capstone has several cupmarks. Around the chamber I found at least three bigger stones in the proximity, which could be the remains of an enclosure.

Drive from Westerwanna southward on the Speckenweg. After you passed Wester-Süderleda, the road turn left, turn right (south) here on the K18. After about 1.5 km the road forks, take the left road Am hohen Kopf. After about 600 m (and 275 m after driving into the forest), there is a parking area on the left (for Westerwanna 08 and Westerwanna 09 park here), park here. Continue for another 300 m, before a small blue sign on the left side shows you the way to the tomb (from the south the sign probably better recognizable). Parking is available at the roadside on the left side. Access is quite easy, simply follow the forest track marked by the blue sign from the road for about 365 m, which leads straight to the tomb.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 09 (Chambered Tomb)

About 3.5 km south of Westerwanna lies a group of three tombs: Westerwanna 08, Westerwanna 09 and Westerwanna 10. Westerwanna 08 and Westerwanna 09 are both heavily destroyed, Westerwanna 10 is by far the best of the three tombs.

Only three stones are still visible, the other stones are either overgrown or removed. To find the grave a GPS device is recommended.

Drive from Westerwanna southward on the Speckenweg. After you passed Wester-Süderleda, the road turn left, turn right (south) here on the K18. After about 1.5 km the road forks, take the left road Am hohen Kopf. After about 600 m (and 275 m after driving into the forest), there is a parking area on the left, park here.

Cross the road and enter the forest track on the other side of the road. Walk west for about 360 m, the track turns right just before the edge of the forest. Follow the track to the right for about 75 m. Westerwanna 08 is located then only 10 m right of the way in the wood. Continue eastward through the wood for about 50 m. The tomb is located on top of a small mound.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 08 (Chambered Tomb)

About 3.5 km south of Westerwanna lies a group of three tombs: Westerwanna 08, Westerwanna 09 and Westerwanna 10. Westerwanna 08 and Westerwanna 09 are both heavily destroyed, Westerwanna 10 is by far the best of the three tombs.

Only three stones within a flat barrow are all that remains from Westerwanna 08.

Drive from Westerwanna southward on the Speckenweg. After you passed Wester-Süderleda, the road turn left, turn right (south) here on the K18. After about 1.5 km the road forks, take the left road Am hohen Kopf. After about 600 m (and 275 m after driving into the forest), there is a parking area on the left, park here.

Cross the road and enter the forest track on the other side of the road. Walk west for about 360 m, the track turns right just before the edge of the forest. Follow the track to the right for about 75 m. The tomb is located then only 10 m right of the way in the wood.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 12 (Chambered Tomb)

Westerwanna 12 is located near a side street on a private field. During my visit, a herd of cattle grazed in the field and the pasture was fenced with barbed wire. That's why I only took a few zoom shots.

According to some sources, only the four capstones are visible, which are all still in situ. All other remains seems to be sunken into or have become overgrown by the moor.

Drive eastwards through Ahlen-Falkenberg on the Ahlenstraße. In a slight left bend, about 700 m after the village end, turn right into the street Am Reiherholz. The tomb is located after two slight left turns about 800 meters on the right under a group of trees fenced in the field.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 07 (Passage Grave)

Westerwanna 07 is an impressive passage grave, located on private land, but fortuantely now with an public access path, so a visit is quite easy. The chamber has three pair of support stones and an end stone on each end of the chamber. All uprights and the western capstone are still in situ. The size of the chamber size is approximately 5,4m x 3,5m. The easternmost capstone is missing, the middle capstone is broken in two halfs. There is a large tree growing in the center of the chamber, which damages the tomb's structure.

The alternative name Karlskirche (Karl = Charles) derives from a legend that Charlemagne came to this tomb on his way north across the moorland.

You drive on the Ahlenstraße from west to east through Ahlen-Falkenberg and turn right at the second street (south), which is named Seestraße. After about 500 m you should see a green bench and a sign on the right, showing the entrance to a public path, that leads in about 100 m directly to the tomb.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 06 (Passage Grave)

Westerwanna 06 is fenced in a field under a group of birch trees and is considerable overgrown. You only see three capstones, the rest of the tomb is probably sunken in the moor.

You drive on the Ahlenstraße from west to east through Ahlen-Falkenberg and turn right at the first street (south). After about 540 m, the tomb lies just a few meters from the road in a field on the ride side. To better recognize the structures, a visit in winter is recommended.

Visited June 2019

Midlum 2 (Passage Grave)

Midlum 2 is a passage grave consisting of four capstones, three of which are still in situ. One of the two middle capstones lies broken in the chamber. Four support stones per side and two end stones formed the walls of the chamber, one of the support stones on the southeast side is missing. On one of the capstones are some small cups.

To get to the tomb you have to walk a little, because it is a bit away in the forest. You drive from Wanhöden on the Wanhödener Straße towards Wursterheide. Even before turning left into the forest to the tomb Midlum 1, take the road An der Ludenhütte to the left and head south towards Midlumer Heide or Midlumer Moor. Park the car on a left-side bend of the road immediately on the edge of the forest. A wide forest road leads here to the right in the direction of (north) west. After about 750 m you come to a crossroads, here you take the way to the left in a southerly direction. After another 360 m you come to another intersection and take the path to the right. The tomb is then about 200 meters directly on the right side of the path.

Visited June 2019

Midlum 1 (Chambered Tomb)

From the megalithic tomb Midlum 1 only the western part of a larger burial chamber is preserved. A large capstone and 3 supporting stones are still preserved in situ and look like the remains of a simple dolmen, as well as one can still see clearly the remains of an approximately 6 m long burial mound, which suggests that it might be a passage grave, typical for the region. The alternative name Henkenstein (roughly translated to hangman stone or stone where someone was hanged) suggests that the tomb may have served as a court place or a place of worship earlier.

Drive from Wanhöden on the Wanhödener Straße towards Wursterheide. Shortly before you pass under the Autobahn A27, a road turns left into the forest. Follow this road and park your car on the left, just before you reach a small bridge over the A27. Cross the road and walk towards the bridge, about 100 m before the A27 a small beaten track (watch out for the wooden sign), leads into the woods. The tomb is only 50 m in the woods on a small clearing, you should already see it from the start of the beaten track. Apart from the noise of the highway, a dreamy and enchanted place.

Visited June 2019

Wanhöden (Chambered Tomb)

Wanhöden is in a rather bad state of preservation. It has a northwest-southeast oriented burial chamber of 1.6 m width and length of about 7 m. From the chamber, only the northwestern end is preserved. The endstone and the two adjoining support stones of the long sides are still in situ with one capstone resting on them.

The tomb is located on the northwestern outskirts of Wanhöden directly on the edge of a dirt road. Drive from Wanhöden on the Wanhödener Strasse northwest towards Altenwalde. Shortly after passing the A27 motorway and just before the road turns right, continue straight ahead. After about 70 m, a dirt road turns left (southwest), here you park the car and walk about 125 m to the tomb, which is on the right of the path.

Visited June 2019

taken from the on-site information board:

Megalithic tomb

The tomb, also known as "Riesenhütte" (giant hut), today still consists of three support stones and a capstone. Excavations in 1979 showed that the interior dimensions of the chamber used to be around 7.00 m x 1.60 m.

The tomb was built in the Neolithic period by the members of the so-called "Funnel Beaker culture" (3rd millennium BC) and at the turn of the 2nd millennium BC once again used by the members of a younger culture ("Bell Beaker Culture") as a burial place. A 1979 requested impression of the preserved chamber is located in the Lower Saxony State Museum (Hannover).

Westerwanna 14 (Chambered Tomb)

About 4 km northwest of Westerwanna lies within a radius of about 300 m, a group of five megalithic tombs, consisting of the tombs Westerwanna 01, Westerwanna 02, Westerwanna 03, Westerwanna 04 and Westerwanna 14.

Westerwanna 14 lies isolated about 200 m southwest of Westerwanna 01 under a group of trees. It seems to be the youngest discovery of this cluster of five tombs, as it didn't have a Sprockhoff number and it seems not mentioned in older literature. The only visible remains of the tomb is an impressive capstone.

Drive from Westerwanna on the K5 (Feuerstättenweg) to the west and first passes the burial mound Gravenberg. After approx. 2.8 km, turn left into Süderheide and then turn right into Heideweg. Drive along until you come to a T-crossing (passing Westerwanna 01, Westerwanna 02, Westerwanna 03 and Westerwanna 04 on your left) and turn left (southwest). Park at the end of the road, the tomb is located about 100 m on a mound on the left under a group of trees.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 04 (Passage Grave)

About 4 km northwest of Westerwanna lies within a radius of about 300 m, a group of five megalithic tombs, consisting of the tombs Westerwanna 01, Westerwanna 02, Westerwanna 03, Westerwanna 04 and Westerwanna 14.

Westerwanna 04 is the remainder of a long barrow (Hunebed), whose 30 m long earth embankment with a deep burial in the middle is still to be recognized. From the enclosure and the chamber only a few scattered stones are preserved. It lies about 100 m southeast of Westerwanna 01 and 140 m northeast of Westerwanna 02.

The tomb lies under a tree group in the middle of a field. So a visit in winter might be the better choice.

Drive from Westerwanna on the K5 (Feuerstättenweg) to the west and first passes the burial mound Gravenberg. After approx. 2.8 km, turn left into Süderheide and then turn right into Heideweg. After about 400 m you can see left hand about 150 m from the road in a field a smaller group of trees under which the Westerwanna 01 is located and 90 m to the left another group of trees, where the tombs Westerwanna 02, Westerwanna 03 and Westerwanna 04 are located.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 03 (Passage Grave)

About 4 km northwest of Westerwanna lies within a radius of about 300 m, a group of five megalithic tombs, consisting of the tombs Westerwanna 01, Westerwanna 02, Westerwanna 03, Westerwanna 04 and Westerwanna 14.

Westerwanna 03, a passage grave, lies only 80 m southeast of Westerwanna 02. The state of preservation is moderate, the site is heavily overgrown and surrounded by bushes and trees. Of the four capstones of the chamber, only the western one remains. Two more capstones are still present, as well as seven supporting and one endstone.

The tomb lies under a tree group in the middle of a field and as said, pretty overgrown. So a visit in winter might be the better choice.

Drive from Westerwanna on the K5 (Feuerstättenweg) to the west and first passes the burial mound Gravenberg. After approx. 2.8 km, turn left into Süderheide and then turn right into Heideweg. After about 400 m you can see left hand about 150 m from the road in a field a smaller group of trees under which the Westerwanna 01 is located and 90 m to the left another group of trees, where the tombs Westerwanna 02, Westerwanna 03 and Westerwanna 04 are located.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 02 (Chambered Tomb)

About 4 km northwest of Westerwanna lies within a radius of about 300 m, a group of five megalithic tombs, consisting of the tombs Westerwanna 01, Westerwanna 02, Westerwanna 03, Westerwanna 04 and Westerwanna 14.

Westerwanna 02, likely a grand dolmen or passage grave, lies about 225 m south of Westerwanna 01 and 140 m southwest of Westerwanna 4. The state of preservation is presumably perfect. Four large capstones are visible, but the largest part of the chamber lies still in the boggy soil.

The tomb lies under a tree group in the middle of a field, so a visit in winter might be the better choice.

Drive from Westerwanna on the K5 (Feuerstättenweg) to the west and first passes the burial mound Gravenberg. After approx. 2.8 km, turn left into Süderheide and then turn right into Heideweg. After about 400 m you can see left hand about 150 m from the road in a field a smaller group of trees under which the Westerwanna 01 is located and 90 m to the left another group of trees, where the tombs Westerwanna 02, Westerwanna 03 and Westerwanna 04 are located.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 01 (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech)

About 4 km northwest of Westerwanna lies within a radius of about 300 m, a group of five megalithic tombs, consisting of the tombs Westerwanna 01, Westerwanna 02, Westerwanna 03, Westerwanna 04 and Westerwanna 14.

Westerwanna 01, a grand dolmen, is the northernmost tomb in the group. The state of preservation is pretty good. The 4 m long and 3 m wide burial chamber consists of five support stones and two capstones and is oriented north-south. Around the burial chamber one finds isolated stones, which were possibly kerbstones or stones of a stone circle.

The grave is under a tree group and is pretty overgrown during summertime, so a visit in winter might be better to recognize all the stones.

Drive from Westerwanna on the K5 (Feuerstättenweg) to the west and first passes the burial mound Gravenberg. After approx. 2.8 km, turn left into Süderheide and then turn right into Heideweg. After about 400 m you can see left hand about 150 m from the road in a field a smaller group of trees under which the tomb is located.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 05 (Passage Grave)

The impressive remnants of this passage grave are located in a small grove about 2 km west of Westerwanna, directly on the road Postweg. Parking is easy at the edge of the road.

All three capstones, four pairs of support stones both endstones are present, though not all in situ. From the entrance on the southeast side are still four fallen stones to see. The northern capstone carries over 20 cup marks. The chamber is still surrounded by the considerable remains of the former mound, the enclosure stones are missing.

In the immediate vicinity of the tomb there are numerous burial mounds. They are the remainder of a larger burial ground.

Visited June 2019

Gravenberg - Wanna (Round Barrow(s))

The Gravenberg is located northwest of Westerwanna, on a small hill north of the road Feuerstättenweg. A small sign points from the road in a small dirt road.

In 1738 the first urns were found during an excavation. In 1869, the Gravenberg was opened again in the hope of finding more antiques.

According to legend, the Süderleda Count is to be buried here with princely jewelery. In addition to the Gravenberg, the all around old Saxon Urn Cemetery has gained supra-regional fame.

Visited June 2019

Westerwanna 11 (Chambered Tomb)

Due to the threat of sinking into the marshy soil the remains of the tomb were excavated in 1963 and moved four kilometers from the original location in front of the Wanna school, a few meters north of the road Landstraße (L118). Here the chamber was reconstructed, consisting of 5 capstones, 10 supporting stones at the long sides and 2 further uprights at the narrow sides. A passage is not recognizable, so if this was once was a passage grave (and the passage was not reconstructed) or a grand dolmen is difficult to determine.

To get to the tomb, drive from Westerwanna towards Osterwanna. Just after you enter the village, turn north (left) into the road Am Mühlteich, the tomb lies then about 50 m to the right under a group of trees on a school campus.

Overall a nice tomb, except the atmosphere suffers a bit from the new location.

Visited June 2019
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During my first trip to Ireland back in 2006, I was bitten by the 'megalithic' bug and since then I seek for every opportunity to visit as much sites as possible, with a bias for stone circles.

As I live in the southwest of Germany (not an area famous for megaliths), I rely on my holidays to be able to visit these sites.

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