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Giant's stones near Steinkimmen
Giant's stones near Steinkimmen

This prehistoric grave has a passage with dimensions 22.5m x 2m and a short entry. Most of the wall stones remained, even though they have fallen down and were relocated. The cupstones are all missing but one, and some fragments of others. The outer stone oval ring extended to 30m.

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:27777 Ganderkesee-Steinkimmen
Sprockhoff ID:928
Picture file name:imgp6610.jpg
Picture date:23.05.2004 11:30:00

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