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|Description ||The Lübbensteine are nearly typical Hünengräber, an archaic German term for Giant’s grave, or chambered tombs in plain English. There are two sites, north and south, about 40 meter apart.
The architecture of the nearly complete Lübbenstein North is similar to a small Roche Aux Fees in Brittany, though the chambered tombs are aligned in a nearly perfect North-South direction with an entrance to the east roughly at the one third mark. The next most significant difference is the row of exterior stones on all sides complementing the stones that provide structural supports for the cap stones. It is possible that there was once material, which is now lost, between the interior and exterior stones to lend more substance to the structure, so that only exterior stones and cap stones would have been visible.
The site was originally excavated in the mid thirties and dated to 4000 BCE. In 2003, it was renovated and steel beams were added to 2 broken cap stones. A layer of gravel
was also added to simulate the fill material.
The stones are unusual in having lobes of sorts. The sign indicated they were “Braunkohlenquarziten” [Brown Coal Quartzite, assuming I translated it properly]. The Neolithic people clearly went to great effort to collect unusual stones.
The Luebbensteine are In Lower Saxony, just west of Helmstedt on the B1 Road to Königsluter. They are between the designated parking, an allotment and a glider airport. Thanks to Klingon for recommending this site.
|Annexus Quamm |
|Excellent collection of the Lubbensteine, always been my fave German Hunenbett due to its wonderful white glow and weird textures. I've always been surprised by non-German researchers complaining of the drab few megalithic remains in Germany without ever seeing these and others around Helmstedt or Mecklenburg perhaps suffering from a post-Communist fallout. Perhaps it is high time those English books were updated once and for all with the East German stones. Some great ones already exist in German that include some of the best sites in the country often better preserved than the better-known ones in the west.|
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