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Herthum Westerloh Tomb 1[950 x 600 jpg]
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|Description ||Pole aerial view. Very difficult to get an overview (as ever in the past 20 years). Although it does not look like in this picture: the barrow is a jungle. This fantastic passage grave is partly damaged by historic blasting attempts, but still impressive. |
a) Chamber: Well preserved chamber appr. 13 x 2,8 m (clear 12 x 1,6m) orientated East-West. With 8 capstones (one is missing), 20 orthostats (one is missing) and a lateral passage (marked "P") in the middle of chambers' southern side. 2 capstones are in situ, 2 are slightly out of place, 2 are fallen into the chamber. Chamber and passage orthostats are all nearly in situ. Sprockhoff et al. identified a fallen stone south of the passage as passage capstone.
b) Enclosure: Oval enclosure appr. 17 x 8m. Comparativley well preserved except for its southwestern part. Appr. 16 stones are preserved, most of them slightly out of place and some largely hidden in the earth.
The chamber is more than halfway filled with earth. Only the upper parts of the orthostats are visible.
The tomb is surrounded by trees, bushes and a lot of undergrowth. Therefore recommended time for visits is from winter to early spring.
Sprockhoff, Ernst (et al.) – Atlas der Megalithgräber Deutschlands – Teil 3 Niedersachsen - Westfalen, Habelt, Bonn, 1975, Atlasband p. 113, Textband p. 104
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