Schuby Dronninghoi Huegelgrab

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Holger Rix on March 23, 2008

Schuby Dronninghoi Huegelgrab

The Round Barrow 'Dronninghoi' in the village of Schuby has an impressive story.

I have tried to translate the barrows name, and 'Dronning' should be something like a queen. 'Hoi' is hill in danish, so it's the Queen's Hill.

Since a long time ago the people of the area tell a story about a prince that has been buried ... with his head at his feet.

He lost his head to the sword of a lady, the 'Black Margret'. They had a fight because the struggle between their opposing armies lasted too long without end.

But the 'Black Margret' was a tricky lady it seems. In the middle of the fight she asked for a break to fix her helmet. The prince paused, but with a sudden strike she beheaded him.

This story was written down in 1845, but told a long time before.

Later the prince was often seen in the barrow, sitting at a silver table, drinking from a silver teapot, out of a silver cup.

The barrow was excavated in 1886 by W. Splieth. He found several burrials, first off, a neolithic 2.7 metres long stone chamber (Tomb C)

Close by, more to the middle of the barrow, a tomb with a 1m thick cairn (Tomb E) and another cairn (D).

A surrounding ring of stones including two stones with cupmarks seems to belong to the later tomb.

And above these, he found the Tomb B, much younger then the others, dated apprx. 1500BCE. It included bones of three individuals, of which one had his head cut off and laid down at his feet.

There was one more tomb on top of these, Tomb A.

So the old story was true.

When i came to Schuby, it was pretty late. I had some exact coordinates for the Dronninghoi, and it should be close to the street.

Indeed I found it quickly, but then i thought my eyes were deceiving me. The barrow is located on a private area, like in the garden beside a house. It is some 20 metres in diameter and may be some 2metres high.

I don't want to explain what i saw... just check the picture.

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