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Drebenstedt Langbett

Long Barrow with Chambered Tomb in Saxony-Anhalt.

Said to be the most impressive tomb in the 'Altmark'.

950m west of Drebenstedt, near the small way to Lindhof, you can see the shape of the Long Barrow. The 44m x 6m/7.5m barrow is very well preserved, most of the kerbstones are still in place. 53 of the most likely 58 stones have survived. The barrow is oriented in NW-SE direction. At the NW corner stands a very impressive corner stone, a guardian stone (Wächterstein). On the top of the guardian, a number of cup marks are visible. The barrow had guardians on each corner, its just that the other three have fallen.

The 8.8m x 1.9m chamber, located in the NW end of the barrow, is also well preserved. 13 orthostats ('Wandsteine') of most likely 16 are deep in the ground of the still 1.7m high barrow, and four capstones are still resting on the chamber. Its a 'Grossdolmen', an Extended Dolmen with seven pairs of uprights on the long sides. There are further remains, most likely fragments of another bursted capstone, treated with explosives.

There have been same calculations about the barrow, regarding the the mass of stones that had to be moved and about how much people/working hours were necessary to build it up.

Based on a ten hours working day, 100 people would have needed between 40 and 60 days...

Ostereistedt Steingrab Chambered Tomb in Lower Saxony.

Comparably lengthy Chambered Tomb, chamber was build with 7 orthostats on each long side in NE-SW orientation. The NE single orthostat on the short side is in situ. There are 4 orthostats of the NW long side still in position, 5 on the opposite. (According to Sprockhoff's text) Nowadays it seems that you can see the tips if one more orthostat on each side. Remains of most likely a former capstone are resting in the chamber. More remains of former capstones are scattered around the tomb. There are also remains of an enclosure.

Ostereistedt Steingrab Chambered Tomb in Lower Saxony.

Comparably lengthy Chambered Tomb, chamber was build with 7 orthostats on each long side in NE-SW orientation. The NE single orthostat on the short side is in situ. There are 4 orthostats of the NW long side still in position, 5 on the opposite. (According to Sprockhoff's text) Nowadays it seems that you can see the tips if one more orthostat on each side. Remains of most likely a former capstone are resting in the chamber. More remains of former capstones are scattered around the tomb. There are also remains of an enclosure.

Ostereistedt Steingrab Chambered Tomb in Lower Saxony.

Comparably lengthy Chambered Tomb, chamber was build with 7 orthostats on each long side in NE-SW orientation. The NE single orthostat on the short side is in situ. There are 4 orthostats of the NW long side still in position, 5 on the opposite. (According to Sprockhoff's text) Nowadays it seems that you can see the tips if one more orthostat on each side. Remains of most likely a former capstone are resting in the chamber. More remains of former capstones are scattered around the tomb. There are also remains of an enclosure.

Hallo lieber Holger!

Ich freue mich sehr Dich zu lesen! Aufgewachsen bin ich in der Nähe von Sierhagen! Jetzt China!!

Deine Bilder-Sammlung ist Fantastisch!

Herzliche Grüße aus Nanjing, Udo

hello from Ukraine!!!

Very nice photo, beautiful view!

Voted

Best wishes from Germany, Christian.

Hi Holger, Yes, last year we went to Northern Germany after the usual rock art field-trip to Scotland. Your photos and locations were a great help to me indeed. It is with great interest that I follow your postings on TMP; its like being back in Germany! My nick-name on TMP (and TMA) is "rockartuk". I am sure we see/speak eachother. Keep on rocking, mate! Cheers, Jan

Mildstedt Dolmen

The beautiful Dolmen of Mildstedt, in Schleswig-Holstein.

Originally located apprx. 1500m east, it has been set here on display in 1981. The original location is called 'Vossberg'.

Hello Holger, you have done a great documentation with all your photos...specially with your nice comments(Sierhagen,etc)! All your photos are excellent! Best wishes for more nice shots!!!

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