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Megalithic tomb Mundersumer Sand near Lingen (Ems)
Megalithic tomb Mundersumer Sand near Lingen (Ems)

On one hand, this grave is hidden in the forest, on the other hand, the small arrow sign points into the wrong direction. As I came into sunset after three hours of search, I gave up. Two days later, when I got a google update, I ignored the misleading sign and finally found these stones. They are located approx. 2km west of the Mundersum town.
The grave is within the earth, the top surface of the capstones of the chamber can be seen. Probably, the chamber is intact. I have not seen anything, that indicates a surrounding wall.
This grave is a long chamber aligned from EastNorthEast to WestSouthWest. The entry was originally in the southern side. The inside of the chamber will be about 18m x 1.35m to 2.2m.
According to the information plate no other grave was preserved in the Stadt Lingen region.

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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Age:> 4000
Town:49811 Lingen
Sprockhoff ID:876
Picture file name:imgq1693.jpg
Picture date:06.05.2008 12:45:00

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