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Passage grave Ostenwalde I
Passage grave Ostenwalde I

This passage-grave was moved in 1971 70m aside to allow for traffic constructions. It had 6 capstones, of which 4 still remained. The carrier stones are all preserved. The chamber is oriented from East to West, the entrance is from the South. The chamber measures 10.5m x 2.4m. The entry height is 1.25m. The capstones were not put onto the grave, but besides, so the inner architecture of the passage can be seen. Untypical is the stone plaster for the floor.

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:49757 Ostenwalde
Sprockhoff ID:835
Picture file name:imgp7115.jpg
Picture date:27.05.2004 17:20:00

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