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Grand dolmen Stöckheim
Grand dolmen Stöckheim

This is a very good preserved megalithic tomb. The chamber is oriented from North to South, and consists of seven pairs of wall stones. Its inner dimension is 9.2 x 2.2 to 1.8 m on ground, trapezoid shaped, and about 1 m high. Height is maximum in the North. The wall stones are smaller in the southern part and the capstones also get smaller. The very impressive northern capstone (22 tonnes, 4.5 m long, 2.9 m wide and 0.8 m thick!) is marked with over 80 drilled cups all over. The largest cup mark is about 7 cm diameter and is 2 cm deep. At the south-western corner, the stone has a groove that passes halfway around it. This groove is 1.53m long, has triangular profile and is 1 cm deep, 3cm wide.
Most of the enclosing circle is missing.

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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Town:38489 Stöckheim
Picture file name:imgq3338.jpg
Picture date:28.09.2008 17:25:00

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