Burial Chamber (Dolmen) in Schleswig-Holstein.
I will never forget my visit to 'Gut Sierhagen'.
I arrived there early afternoon on a very hot blue sky saturday. There I saw that Sierhagen is in fact a so called 'Gut', a very big area of privat poperty, owned by the aristocratic 'Plessen' family (I found out later).
There are at least two megalithic tombs in this area, plus a number of Round Barrows. You just can't go there, there are 'Private Property' signs everywhere.
As I stood there in front of the castle, I descided to make a phonecall.
I called an operator and asked for the numbers of Sierhagen. I got two, one for the administration and ... the number of family Plessen.
A call at the administration had no success, it was weekend after all.
I thought 'what can you loose' and called the Plessen number. After a number of rings an elderly lady took the phone.
I introduced myself and asked her right away if I can drive on the property and take pictures of the 'Steinzeit' tombs.
She was very friendly, and allowed me to go anywhere, just not damage anything. As I asked her for the name (I didn't catch it clearly before), so I could refer to her, in case someone ask me, she said 'Graefin (Countess) Plessen'.
Now I was on my way. First i drove to this tomb, north of the castle. It is in the middle of a field, but there was a track that i could walk to the barrow. It is an overgrown mound of oval shape 25 by 20 metres.
As I circled arround it, I spotted a little path into the bushes. I went through, and there it was.
At least I could see the west part of the tomb, five orthostats and two of the sunken capstones.
According to the description of Sprockhoff, there should be four remaining orthostats on the eastern side and three more capstones.
Also, there was a mighty tree thrown on top of the stones, the local workers didn't show a lot of respect for the ancient barrow.
At this point I would like to tell my big thanks
to Graefin Plessen.
P.S.: What I nearly forgot to mention, is the breathtaking beauty of the landscape arround Sierhagen. Words can't tell, pictures show only a bit. All those mighty trees, the wild animals. (in fact I saw free mufflons for the first time)
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Photo taken in Altenkrempe, Germany
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