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|Description ||Oblique pole aerial view from the East. The slightly trapezoid tomb measures  approximately 11m x 5m (East)/ 4m(West) and is orientated approximately West-East.|
Chambers' clear length is 8,5m, the width rises from 2,5m in the West to 3m in East.
The characteristic and unusual view of the chamber originates in the use of a locally quarried lime-stone from the nearby Piesberg. The Piesberg is the heighest “mountain” in the area of Osnabrück with 188m above sea level. Its eastern slopes are located 500m to the West of the site. The use of quarried material is extremely rare at megalithic Funnel Beaker sites in Denmark, Netherlands and Germany. The reasons are the lack of quarries in most of the regions inhabitated by the FBC (TBK) and the availability of glacial erratic boulders in prehistoric times. As a result the latter were used at nearly all Funnel Beaker tombs. The smoothened sides usually face towards the interior of the chambers or when used as barrow kerb stones towards barrows' exterior. In contrast the orthostats and capstones of the Karlsteine are more like ashlars.
 Sprockhoff, Schwieger (1927) in: Körner, G. (Ed.), Sprockhoff, E. Atlas der Megalithgräber Deutschlands, Niedersachsen-Westfalen, Rudolf Habelt Verlag GmbH, Bonn 1975, p. 122f, Tafel 46, Altasblatt 139.
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