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Königsgrab in Groß-Berßen
Königsgrab in Groß-Berßen

The most famous grave of the Hümmling area is this "Königsgrab" in Groß-Berßen. There are a lot more along that 1000m road. Check out the reconstructed grave, mighty capstones, and passages.

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:49777 Groß Berßen
Sprockhoff ID:860
Picture file name:imgq1876.jpg
Picture date:07.05.2008 15:31:00

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