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Passage grave Rickelmann II near Grumfeld/Ankum
Passage grave Rickelmann II near Grumfeld/Ankum

Passage-grave of the late stone age for collective use. It was used as quarry in the 19th century, but was also damaged because of superstition.

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:49577 Grumfeld
Sprockhoff ID:893
Picture file name:i3_imgp5837.jpg
Picture date:17.05.2010 18:25:00

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