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|Description ||Site in Svendborg (Fyn South Langeland) Denmark|
| A restored long barrow|
This long barrow was in 1954 restored by Fyn Stiftmuseum. They erejted and aligned stones that had turned over and or had moved from their original positions. The dolmen is therefore today almost as it was when built some 5 to 6000 years ago in the early Neolithic. However there is lacking a portion of the soil in the mound around the chambers.
The barrow has three burial chambers. The two of them are rectangular and quite narrow and lies along the direction of the mound. Such chambers are believed to be the oldest types of dolmen chambers. The third chamber is of a younger kind. It is also rectangular but slightly larger than the others and lies across the mound. The chambers are originally built for one person - probably a chieftain of one or more settlements - but are almost always reused many times.
There is no known grave finds from the cairn. Local people say that King Frederik the 7th have excavated the chambers, but is it true, then he certainly hasn't written anything down about it.
During the restoration two flint axes and two flint chisels were found by the kerbstones outside the cairn. Such sacrifices were part of the death cult at the times of the passage-graves (3200-2800 BC). The discovery of the axes shows that the cairn has been in use for a long time.
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