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Hinkelstein - Alsbach
Hinkelstein - Alsbach

This menhir is from malachite. This 67 centner weighting colossus was erected 4000 years ago. In spite of it's extreme size it was transported for more than 2000m. In its original location, it could be used as calendar. A wide plate annotating the horizon line explains this.
It was moved when the school nearby was built. They were near to the decision to relocate it to a better protected place.

These standing stones were erected by prehistoric cultures. Some must have been transported over far distances. They were used for cultural and structuring purposes. For some, it can be understood from astro archeologic view point, that there are calendar events, as you may see the sun rise in line with a prominent hill on aequinoxes and the longest and shortest days in the year, if you stand beside such a calendar stone. As nature was understood rather spiritual in these years, these locations marked were also viewed as sacred. Modern chiselers also are busy leaving ther personal marks on i.e. Alsbach, which is also a good example for a calendar stone.
During history and the middle ages, many were used as landmarks. Most elderly inhabitants know these smaller stones. They are protected by law.

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Town:64665 Alsbach
Picture file name:hink0185.jpg
Picture date:04.03.2003 14:38:00

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