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Grand dolmen on the Radberg near Langen
Grand dolmen on the Radberg near Langen

This east-west oriented passage-grave is 20m long and consists on 12 cupstones plus theit 2 wall stones. Access to the passage was fom the south in the middle of the passage. Parts of the surrounding stone circle ar still there, not all are in their original positions.

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:49838 Langen
Sprockhoff ID:873
Picture file name:i5_dsci0143.jpg
Picture date:19.05.2010 15:59:00

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