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Rock ArtSite Name: Sonnenstein Harpstedt Alternative Name: Sunstone of Harpstedt
Country: Germany Land: Lower Saxony, Bremen Type: Rock Art
Nearest Town: Wildeshausen  Nearest Village: Harpstedt
Latitude: 52.909230N  Longitude: 8.591050E
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.
5 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.
5 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
4

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CharcoalBurner89 visited on 18th Oct 2021 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 5 Impressive stone that needs a little more care!

Sonnenstein Harpstedt
Sonnenstein Harpstedt submitted by peterpf : Another view of the stone. (Vote or comment on this photo)
In Harpstedt this "Sub-Stone" shows several concentric circles known as symbols for the sun. The stone is located directly in front of the entrance of the Amtshof Harpstedt.

Due to the circumstances of the find, which have not been fully clarified, the 'Sonnenstein von Harpstedt' is controversial. It was probably thought that it is a medieval 'target' for archery and was set up at the house of the local rifle club ('Schützenverein') of Harpstedt. After the discovery of the Sunstone of Beckstedt (which is well documented), this sunstone aroused the interest of research and archaeologists. It is assumed that it is of Neolithic / Bronze Age origin. Unlike the Sunstone of Beckstedt, this sunstone is the original one and not a reconstruction.

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Sonnenstein Harpstedt
Sonnenstein Harpstedt submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : I think this stone needs more care. October 18, 2021 (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

Sonnenstein Harpstedt
Sonnenstein Harpstedt submitted by peterpf : A more detailed view of the carved rings. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Sonnenstein Harpstedt
Sonnenstein Harpstedt submitted by peterpf : The sun-stone stands in the front yard of the administration building of Harpstedt. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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 3.7km WSW 249° Harpstedt-Wohlde 2 Barrow Cemetery
 3.8km WSW 248° Harpstedt-Wohlde 1* Barrow Cemetery
 7.2km E 89° Sieben Berge Stühren* Barrow Cemetery
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 10.3km WSW 248° Pestruper Gräberfeld* Barrow Cemetery
 10.3km SW 215° Sonnenstein Beckstedt* Rock Art
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 11.5km WSW 244° Wellohsberg Steingrab* Chambered Tomb
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 11.6km WSW 244° Kleinenkneter Steine 1* Chambered Tomb
 12.2km WSW 237° Kleinenkneten Hügelgrab (Wildeshausen Objekt Nr. 808) Round Barrow(s)
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 12.4km WNW 283° Gerichtsstaette Steingrab* Chambered Tomb
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 13.0km W 264° Bargloyer Brookbäke Grab (4)* Round Barrow(s)
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 13.0km W 265° Bargloyer Brookbäke Steingrab (2)* Chambered Tomb
 13.2km W 265° Bargloyer Brookbäke Steingrab (1)* Chambered Tomb
 13.4km SW 222° Einen Hügelgräberfeld* Barrow Cemetery
 13.5km W 260° Bargloyer Steinkiste* Chambered Tomb
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Re: Sonnenstein Harpstedt by CharcoalBurner89 on Tuesday, 19 October 2021
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Coordinates checked and unfortunately they are incorrect here. New coordinates:
E8.59105/N52.90923. The stone is located directly in front of the entrance of the 'Amtshof Harpstedt'
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    Re: Sonnenstein Harpstedt by Andy B on Tuesday, 19 October 2021
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    Hello CB, thanks very much for the two corrections. I have updated both pages. Do you know if this site is prehistoric? If not then the site type 'Sculptured Stone' may be more appropriate?
    Andy
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      Re: Sonnenstein Harpstedt by CharcoalBurner89 on Tuesday, 19 October 2021
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      Due to the circumstances of the find, which have not been fully clarified, the 'Sonnenstein von Harpstedt' is controversial. It was probably thought that it is a medieval 'target' for archery and was set up at the house of the local rifle club ('Schützenverein') of Harpstedt. After the discovery of the Sunstone of Beckstedt (which is well documented), the Harpstedt sunstone aroused the interest of research and archaeologists. It is assumed that it is of Neolithic / Bronze Age origin. Unlike the Sunstone of Beckstedt, the sunstone erected in Harpstedt is the original one and not a reconstruction.
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        Re: Sonnenstein Harpstedt by Andy B on Tuesday, 19 October 2021
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        Fascinating, thanks, I've updated the main text above.
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          Re: Sonnenstein Harpstedt by Martin_L on Wednesday, 20 October 2021
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          Unlike the similar stone from Beckstedt which might possibly be of prehistoric origin judging from the way the incisions are executed the Harpstedt stone is really highly questionable. I have never seen a genuine bronze age carving from Northern Europe showing any similarity to the way this incisions look.
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            Re: Sonnenstein Harpstedt by CharcoalBurner89 on Wednesday, 20 October 2021
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            Agree with that. I also looked for different types of stones with the same topic. It is true that there are often concentric circles as well. But I couldn't find anything like the ones in Harpstedt or Beckstedt. I think a few months ago I commented on a stone here very close to Beckstedt one from the way the circles are made. I just don't remember correctly. I think it was from the British Isles.
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