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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) Alternative Name: Sprockhoff 808, Oberndorfmark
Country: Germany Land: Lower Saxony, Bremen Type: Chambered Tomb
Nearest Town: Bad Fallingbostel  Nearest Village: Ostenholz
Latitude: 52.800790N  Longitude: 9.796740E
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
3 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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CharcoalBurner89 visited on 26th Dec 2021 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 3 Access: 4 It is best to visit the 'Siebensteinhäuser' on Lower Saxony / German public holidays. The identity card is to be carried. As the megalithic tombs are located in a restricted military area, visits are only permitted at certain times that can be viewed on the Internet (here, too, there may be deviations!). I made the visit between Christmas and New Year, as there are usually no military maneuvers at this time.

johnstone visited on 14th Sep 2019 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 4

Klingon visited on 19th Sep 2004 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 3 Access: 4

Martin_L maddy have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4 Ambience: 3.33 Access: 4

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by johnstone : View from above on Sep.14, 2019 (Vote or comment on this photo)
Chambered Tomb in Lower Saxony, Bremen. The Siebensteinhäuser (sometimes 'Sieben Steinhäuser') Seven Stone Houses are amongst the most prominent megalithic tombs in Germany. There are in fact only five tombs, although they were called the seven in the very earliest papers, dated back to 1720.

This can be explained by the typical german use of the word 'seven'
for 'a lot', even today some might say 'Meine sieben Sachen' (My seven things) for 'all of my things' or 'a lot of my things'.

The five tombs are very close together, the biggest distance (Tomb A and E) is just under 200m. The area belonged to the village of Oberndorfmark, until in 1934 the Nazies planned to establish a military training area as part of the military re-armament of the German Reich.

Text edited by holger_rix, April 2010. To quote Wikipedia:
Due to the sparse population and the varied landscape this area was selected for creating the largest exercise area for Germany's armed forces, the Wehrmacht.
In spite of opposition from the local population, within a few years 3,635
inhabitants in 25 villages had to leave their homes.

The area is in military use up until today, the Bergen-Hohne Training Area
(German: Truppenübungsplatz Bergen-Hohne) is a NATO military training area.
The only public access route to the dolmens begins at a barrier in Ostenholz,
about 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) southeast of the Walsrode autobahn interchange.
The access road runs for several kilometres through the out-of-bounds area
of the military training area. It is regularly cleared of any spent ammunition
from the ranges. The site is only accessible on days when no exercises are
taking place i.e. at weekends and on public holidays between 8 am and 6 pm.

More Quotes from Wikipedia:

The Sieben Steinhäuser gravesite was established around 2500 BC during the
neolithic funnelbeaker period by the first settled farmers.
The large gravesite, Grave D, shows similarities to French gravesites,
the other four are like those of the Elbe-Weser Triangle.

Although they are traditionally called the Sieben Steinhäusern
("seven stone houses") there are actually only five graves.
Because an old illustration from 1744 still shows only five graves,
it is assumed today, that the number seven is being used in the figurative
sense for a larger number, as in the German expression sieben Sachen
("seven things") which means 'everything'. The first written record of
the graves was made in 1720 by an academic.
The regional author, August Freudenthal, contributed to their fame in the
19th century. Even then it was a popular tourist destination.

Description of the graves

The burial chambers are all rectangular and aligned in a northeast-southwest
direction. Their capstones are not of bay construction, but almost always
supported by three or four points of contact. The largest of the dolmens
has a capstone measuring 16 by 14 feet (c. 5 m by 4¼ m) and is supported
by seven upright support stones.

All the graves were originally covered with earth, so that they would
looked like earth mounds or tumuli. Over the course of time the earth was
eroded by wind and weather, so that the stones became visible again.
Four graves were excavated and restored between 1924 and 1937.

In 1958 the graves were enclosed by protective earthen walls several
metres high. They protect the gravesites from shell damage, because
the site is located in the middle of a military training area.

Grave C

The relatively short chamber of Grave C consists of three supporting stones
on the southeast and four on the northwest side as well as two end stones and
three capstones. Before restoration only the northeastern three-point support,
the centre of the three supporting stones on the southeast side and the
southwestern end stone were found in situ. Two capstones probably caved in
under their own weight when their supports were dislodged.
The internal dimensions of the chamber are 5 x 2 m.
The outside entrance appears to have been located between the first and centre
support stones to the south of the southeastern side of the chamber.

Original text:

Part of a collection of five Chambered Tombs inside a military training area. Opened only at the weekend and public holidays from 8:00 to 18:00, except on military training days.

Note: One of the central orthostats along the long edge collapsed at the end of December 2013. This caused capstone C2 to fall. The previous precarious state is visible in some of our recent photos. The fall was probably caused by people climbing on the stones.
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Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by holger_rix : Grave C The relatively short chamber of Grave C consists of three supporting stones on the southeast and four on the northwest side as well as two end stones and three capstones. Before restoration only the northeastern three-point support, the centre of the three supporting stones on the southeast side and the southwestern end stone were found in situ. Two capstones probably caved in... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by Klingon : Siebensteinhäuser, tomb C Inside a military training area, opened only on the first and third weekend of a month from 8:00 to 18:00. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by holger_rix : Grave C The relatively short chamber of Grave C consists of three supporting stones on the southeast and four on the northwest side as well as two end stones and three capstones. Before restoration only the northeastern three-point support, the centre of the three supporting stones on the southeast side and the southwestern end stone were found in situ. Two capstones probably caved in... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by holger_rix (Vote or comment on this photo)

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by Klingon : Siebensteinhäuser, tomb C Inside a military training area, opened only on the first and third weekend of a month from 8:00 to 18:00. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by johnstone : With a gap between the capstones, Sep.14, 2019

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by johnstone : The southern side, Sep.14, 2019

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by johnstone : View at the northern corner, Sep.14, 2019

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by holger_rix : Grave C The relatively short chamber of Grave C consists of three supporting stones on the southeast and four on the northwest side as well as two end stones and three capstones. Before restoration only the northeastern three-point support, the centre of the three supporting stones on the southeast side and the southwestern end stone were found in situ. Two capstones probably caved in...

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by holger_rix

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by holger_rix

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by holger_rix

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : December 26, 2021

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by CharcoalBurner89

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by holger_rix : Grave C The relatively short chamber of Grave C consists of three supporting stones on the southeast and four on the northwest side as well as two end stones and three capstones. Before restoration only the northeastern three-point support, the centre of the three supporting stones on the southeast side and the southwestern end stone were found in situ. Two capstones probably caved in...

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by krautrock : The tomb looks a little bit like an ant.

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by Maddy : Gräber C July 2006 52° 52' N, 9° 42' E

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by johnstone : Reconstruction and ground-plan (1921), Picture credits: Sprockhoff, Atlas der Megalithgräber Deutschlands, Teil 3: Niedersachsen (1975)

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by krautrock : The tomb looks a little bit like an ant.

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by krautrock : Tomb C, Sprockhoff 808. On the right side the entrance.

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by krautrock : Tomb C, Sprockhoff 808.

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by krautrock

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by krautrock

Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C)
Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) submitted by Martin_L : The chamber of the passage grave. It is also referred to as Sprockhoff No. 808

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Re: Siebensteinhäuser (Grab C) by Martin_L on Thursday, 13 February 2014
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News regarding this site (Sprockhoff 808):
Modern people made it collapse ... hooray. Most probably due to continued climbing on top of the chamber a central long-side orthostat collapsed end of December 2013. This caused capstone C2 to fall. The previous precarious state is visible in some recent of the photos here. It still looked ok 14 years ago.
Access to ALL the sites has been blocked. Thanks to the groups of well-off vandals climbing on top of the chambers....

Several reports in Newspapers. This is from a small local paper:
http://www.wz-net.de/wz_10_110495157-21-_Siebensteinhaus-ist-zusammengebrochen.html
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