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"Auf dem Sonderling" near Lastrup

"Auf dem Sonderling" is the name of this megalithic grave built by the funnel beakers It is a tomb of 25 x 6 m in size. It are relicts of a East-Western oriented chamber within an oval mound. Of the originally 26 carrier stones four are missing. Of the eleven capstones, four remained collapsed within the chamber. The largest one, a 3 x 2.2 x 0.8m sized erratic rock, lies in the center of the whole arrangement. Here probably the entrance to the chamber might have been. Of the oval mound, only the southwestern part remained.

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:49688 Lastrup
Sprockhoff ID:969
Picture file name:imgq2036.jpg
Picture date:08.05.2008 12:58:00

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