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Grand Passage grave "Düvelskuhlen" Northern Groß-Stavern
Grand Passage grave

Contrary to the nearby placed second grave this one is a true "Emsland chamber". Until 1932 it was covered by an earth mound on a basis area of 30m x 25m. It had 1.6m height. And it was complete until then. The oval stone ring is also still complete, total there are 32 stones. The chamber had a length of 9m.

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 Sögel
Sprockhoff ID:831
Picture file name:imgp7014.jpg
Picture date:26.05.2004 18:10:00

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