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Holy stone of Muschenheim
Holy stone of Muschenheim

This is the southmost stone grave in Hessia. Research started 1998, and restauration was completed 2003. Locally, the work of the reconstruction is well documented. Also interesting is, how the stones were moved in the years between 1893 and 1913.
In this grave, ceramics and tools were found. The dead were not burnt during funeral. The grave was built for collective use of farmers and ranchers. Its shape shows parallels to graves found in the French Burgund area. The original grave was covered with an earth mound, and looked different than today.
The chamber has three capstones and an entry from the North. It was surrounded by stone package of 80 cm in height. It covered an area of 12 m times 8 m. The capstones weight up to 7 tons. The middle one consists of conglomerate, the others of quarzit.
In a 20 minute walk, the Kräppelstein can be visited.

Those graves were used for a whole kin. Built without entry passage tunnel, there was an opening for later burials. There are really huge stones, and sometimes gather in neighborhood to other dolmen. Originally, those graves were covered with soil.

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About...
Age:5000
Town:35423 Muschenheim
Administration:Gießen
State:Hessen
Picture file name:imgp9889.jpg
Picture date:10.09.2006 11:05:00

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