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Oestringer Steine 1[820 x 775 jpg]
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|Description ||Pole aerial of the 21-23m long passage grave. From the SW. |
This is one of the large passage graves of the funnel beaker people's western group. It is oriented SW-NE. The lateral passage faces SE. As usual it is situated at the centre of a long-side.
The megalithic ensemble is almost complete except for the southwestern third. The chamber deeply embedded into the ground. Only the tops of several chamber orthostats are visible. Due to the damages in the SW it is difficult to give the exact length of the chamber, but it has to be 21-23m* . The enclosure measured appr. 29m* by 7m. It is extremely well preserved except for the southwestern third.
The original number of chamber capstones possibly was 13. At least eight are preserved largely in situ. Two partly buried stones in the SW possibly also are capstones (judging from position and size).
Nowadays it gets cleared from time to time, but two large trees partly hide it during growing season. By the time Sprockhoff et. al. examined the site it was extremely overgrown so they had difficulties to inspect it.
*my estimate based on the usual symmetry
Sprockhoff, Schwieger in: Körner, G. (Ed.), Sprockhoff, E. Atlas der Megalithgräber Deutschlands, Teil 3 "Niedersachsen-Westfalen", Habelt, Bonn, 1975
| Perfect picture revealing the details of the tomb which are difficult to distinguish when the site is more overgrown. I assume you have used a stepladder to take it ? Did you visit of Sprockhof 911 as well (so far the only Oestringer Steine chambered tomb without a photo on MP, StonePages also lack one) ? |
|Martin L |
| Thank you very much Cezary. It was taken with camera on pole (lighting stand extensions). |
I have not seen any more instructive photo yet. But obviously someone else knows better. It is impossible to get a more instructive view from a higher position as it gets more hidden by branches then.
I visited this sites several times between 1989 and 2011.
Not sure if I will send photos of 911.
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