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|Description ||Although nearly all main slabs of the 3-capstone chamber are preserved, this site was badly neglected in the 20th century.|
When Sprockhoff and Schwieger examined the tomb in 1927 only one orthostat was missing, while all others were preserved in situ: 3 (out of 3) on the south-western long side, 2 (out of 3) on the north-eastern long-side and one orthostat on each narrow side. The chamber is slightly trapezoid, being wider in the south-east. The large south-eastern capstone still was in situ in 1927. The two smaller capstones were collapsed into the chamber. Clear size is 4,5m x 2,5m(SE)/2m(NW). According to Sprockhoff's research it was an extended dolmen. The entrance most probably was situated at the south-eastern narrow side as the orthostat on this side is noticeably shorter.
When visiting the site in 1989 it was completely overgrown with brambles, bushes and trees. The large capstone obviously was pushed off its orthostats after 1927 by a tree growing inside the chamber.
In 2008 it was obvious, that the site was cleared from vegetation in the meantime. Sadly it is already getting overgrown with brambles and again a tree is growing in the chamber. And of course the capstone was not placed back on the orthostats.
Sprockhoff, Schwieger (1927) in: Körner, G. (Ed.), Sprockhoff, E. Atlas der Megalithgräber Deutschlands, Niedersachsen-Westfalen, Rudolf Habelt Verlag GmbH, Bonn 1975, p. 7.
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