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Megalithic tomb Lahn 3
Megalithic tomb Lahn 3

While today in Lower Saxony only 400 mostly destroyed megalithic tombs are known, originally this number was much higher. The exhaustive desctructions were caused mainly by humans within the last three centuries.
Such destruction leaves its picture typically as here in Lahn. Only a few stones remain in situ, most of them missing. The chamber was quite big, and was buried within a mound. It was approximately 17.5 m x 1.6 m in size.

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:49757 Lahn
Sprockhoff ID:841
Picture file name:imgq2104.jpg
Picture date:08.05.2008 16:43:00

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