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Großer Karlstein[640 x 434 jpg]
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|Description ||One of the most famous megalithic tombs of NW Germany- This is the "Big Karlstein". The legend says, that this tomb was destroyed by Empereor Karl the Great with a quirt during the bloody war with the pagan Saxons around 800 A.C.
Very unusually it is not built of iceage foundlings, but of local sandstone originating from a nearby hill.|
|Karl The Great is also known as Charlemagne by the Anglo Saxons and Francophones. Sand Stone (Sandstein) is also Limestone in English.|
|Never knew that! Guess that Charlemagne literally means something like Charles the Mighty. Thanks.|
|Thorgrim; "magne" comes from the latin "Magnus" as in BIG, not mighty. Old Charly was afterall holy Roman Emperor. The linguistics come about through each nation claiming him as one of their own which happens when borders shift a little east and a little west along the Rhine. Let's just call him a great European. Maybe we should bring Latin! Write your European Member of Parliament.|
|First excavations 1807. Findings: human- and animal-bones, ceramics, tools of flintstone, a dagger. Assumed period: neolithic.|
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