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Passage grave in Bruneforth/Groß-Stavern
Passage grave in Bruneforth/Groß-Stavern

In Bruneforth are two prehistoric passage-graves. This one on the "Bruneforth Esch" consists of 11 cupstones and 22 wall stones, plus the end wall stones. The long-stretched passage is 3m width in the center, which reduces to 1.8m at the ends. Special to this grave, there are niches besides the entry on the southern side.

A typical architecture of prehistoric graves are the Emsländer Kammer. They are passage-graves measuring more than 20m length and 2m width and 1m hight inside. Most are oriented from east to west and have an entrance in the middle of the southern side. They originally were buried within long, oval earth mounds, that were bordered with small erratic blocks. Sometimes there are dual or triple passage chambers.
Those graves were built by the first farmers and ranchers of Europe. It were people of the Trichterbecherkultur between 3400 and 2800 B.C. Those places were used for many generations. The skeletons are decayed, as the soil does not contain much lime.

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Town:49777 Groß Stavern
Sprockhoff ID:846
Picture file name:i4_imgp5979.jpg
Picture date:18.05.2010 17:40:00

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