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Westerwanna 07 (Passage Grave) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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Westerwanna 06 (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

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

Westerwanna 06 (Passage Grave) — Images

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Midlum 2 (Passage Grave) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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

Midlum 2 (Passage Grave) — Images

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Midlum 1 (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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Wanhöden (Chambered Tomb) — Fieldnotes

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).

Wanhöden (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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Westerwanna 14 (Chambered Tomb) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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) — Fieldnotes

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 14 (Chambered Tomb) — Images

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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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