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Anderlingen Steinkistengrab mit Bildstein

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Holger Rix on April 27, 2010

Anderlingen Steinkistengrab mit Bildstein

Chambered Tomb with Carved stone in Lower Saxony.

In September 1907 local farmer Gerdt Heinrich Brandt wanted to salvage the material of one of the Round Barrows on his property, when he suddenly found the remains of a stone cist. He informed the local historic researcher Müller-Brauel, who examined the cist and safed a few metal remains, including a bronze axe. The cist had been disturbed before, for example one of the three capstones had been moved to the side. After that, the remains of the cist stayed there, and the autumn rains washed the stones clean. In January 1908 someone discovered carvings on one of the supporting stones: The picture of three figures had become visible. Now the Museum in Hannover was alarmed, and they send Dr. Hans Hahne for a thorough examination. Hahne found more stone settings, connected to the cist and the barrows surrounding circle of stones. The inner size of the chamber is 2m x 0.7m x 1m and it was constructed appr. between 1700 and 1400 BCE.

Later the remains of the cist were moved to the museum in Hannover, and rebuild outside in the park.

The original carved stone of course is safed inside the museum.

(Niedersächsisches Landesmuseum Hannover)

After 100 years, the cist and a Round Barrow have been reconstructed in the village of Anderlingen, the cist in the original location. Luckily the reconstruction seem to have been well planned and beautifully finished in 2008. This place is well worth a visit, a unique experience.

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