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Pestrup graveyard
Pestrup graveyard

This heathland is protected by law. It contains about 500 burial mounds of the late bronze age. Some so-called "Königsgräber" are located on the nortern end of the area. These places were probably meant for burning the dead, and have a diameter of 30m. The urns with the ashes were buried in small mounds. The eastern part of the area contains 14 places with ritual meaning. There are long mounds which grew from circular mounds by later burials. The kind and the size of such a yard is unique in northern Europe. Nearby there are still more small mounds.

Large burial mounds were in use from 1500 B.C. until 500 A.C. In the large mounds the dead were buried within trunk coffin. There is an exceptional cluster in Wilsede. Such habit changed in the younger bronze age when the dead were burnt and the ash was buried in small mounds. Often such mounds were set near stone age mounds, which may have not been eroded at that time, and those places were respected by the successing indo-european immigrants. In many mounds, burial objects were found such as dishes, weapons and attire. Real prehistoric mounds are dented at the top - tomb riders usually do not repair the outlines of the mounds.

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Town:27793 Pestrup
Picture file name:imgp6644.jpg
Picture date:24.05.2004 11:59:00

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