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|Description ||The eastern end of this large 18m passage grave with capstone 7, 8 and 9 (counting from the West). Only 8 kerbstones of the oval enclosure are preserved, one is partly visible at the left picture edge. June 2009|
| Kissing Stones?|
| Another great shot Martin. If the corridor down which we are looking is the actual passage element of the grave, then 'kissing' stones forming the roof are quite unique (someone correct me if I'm wrong here). Alternatively, they could have just ended up this way during destruction of the site.|
|Martin L |
| Thank you Cerrig and Thingy. The good thing about megalithic sites is: it is hard to get a bad picture as our ancestors did a brilliant job. Kissing stones, what a nice idea ;-) Sorry, Thingy I have not written a site description so far so it is not very obvious: The corridor is just a gap left from the removal of all the drywalling between orthostats and capstones. The lateral passage is loctated in the middle of chambers other longside. "Kissing" capstones are also visible at other funnel beaker sites in Denmark, Netherlands, Germany.... In this case the capstones seem to be almost in situ. I also checked the groundplan of Prof. van Giffen who examined all sites in the Netherlands. But of course it is possible they moved for some cm over the centuries. Hard to tell.|
| Thanks for the explanation Martin. Corbelling is another technique used before the arch was invented, but corbelling is built up in stages, unlike here.|
|Martin L |
| Interesting, Thingy. Probably due to availability of large erratic boulders suitable as capstones, the Funnel-Beaker people did not use corbelling technique for their tombs, while obviously several other megalithic cultures in Europe built corbelled roofs. |
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