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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Badenstedt Steingrab Alternative Name: Sprockhoff 648, Füstengruft Steinahlkenheide, Steinhaus, Hünenkeller
Country: Germany Land: Lower Saxony, Bremen Type: Burial Chamber or Dolmen
Nearest Town: Zeven  Nearest Village: Badenstedt
Latitude: 53.262844N  Longitude: 9.214628E
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
3 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.
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
5

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CharcoalBurner89 visited on 27th Jan 2021 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 4 From the information board on site: The oldest complex in this prehistoric burial ground is the stone grave. According to a report from 1841, the burial chamber, which was already damaged at that time, was called "Steinhaus" - "Stone House" or "Hünenkeller" - "Giant Cellar"; around 1871 it was romantically called "Fürstengruft" - „Prince Crypt“. Like all similar complexes from this age, the stone monument served as a family crypt around 2500 BC. All the gaps between the large boulders were wedged with rubble stones and covered with clay on the outside. The whole burial chamber was hidden under a mound of earth. Neolithic grave goods have not been preserved here. During the archaeological investigation in 1978, one capstone and 5 torn apart, partly damaged carrier stones were still present. A capstone had already been removed around 1920 and used as a war memorial. The administration of the district of Rotenburg (Wümme) restored the complex based on the excavation findings using the example of other stone graves. The remaining stones were moved together in a new arrangement.

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by holger_rix : A restored stone tomb in the Steinahlkenheide. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Burial Chamber (Dolmen) in Lower Saxony, Bremen

A restored stone tomb in the Steinahlkenheide.

One of the missing capstones was used for a war memorial.

All stones were ripped out of the original location until 1978, when a restauration was carried out. So the current state is not original.
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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : B/W Polaroid (scan of the negative) of the site i took on equinox day March 2014. Showing the remains of the 3 capstone chamber roughly from the NE. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by holger_rix : New pix of this nice tomb. April 2010 (3 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : September 2009. The chamber viewed from the South. It really is an awesome site. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : View West. Before sunset. September 2009 (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : Print on chamois paper. B/W 6x9cm medium format photo taken with a 1930s Kodak Six 20 art deco camera on equinox day March 2014 / Print 2018. Using Gevaert Film expired 1968. Showing the remains of the 3 capstone chamber roughly from the SE. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by krautrock : Badenstedt Steingrab April 2010

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : B/W 6x6 medium format photo of the site i took on equinox day March 2014. Showing the remains of the 3 capstone chamber roughly from the NE. Taken with Altissa Box Camera from 1934. (2 comments)

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : September 2009. Although partly restored this site still has a fine prehistoric ambience. Viewed from the West. (2 comments)

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : Inspired by @Boeddel's picture of the megalithic grave Halskov Runddysse and @Martin_L's picture from 2009, I took this one of the megalithic grave Badenstedt today :) (March 17, 2022) (1 comment)

Badenstedt Steingrab
Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : B/W 6x9cm medium format photo taken with a 1930s Kodak Six 20 art deco camera on equinox day March 2014. Using Gevaert Film expired 1968. Showing the remains of the 3 capstone chamber roughly from the SE.

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : Oblique view from above. Towards the West. September 2009

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : September 2009. The partly restored chamber viewed from the NE. (1 comment)

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : The western chamber part viewed from the North. The ambience was great. September 2009

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : Western chamber part viewd from the South. September 2009

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : General view from the east. The exposed remains of the megalithic chamber with a later barrow in the foreground. taken in 2014 (excerpt of photo taken with Hasselblad 500 c/m, 150mm Sonnar / RPX 100)

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : The western chamber end. With human scale (standing 1,83m, but probably smaller when sitting :). Giving an idea of the original height of the chambers. September 2009

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by krautrock : Badenstedt Steingrab. This is Holger Rix in the grass. Shooting a fantastic photo. April 2010

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : Close-up of chambers' western part. September 2009

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : September 2009. The restored part of the chamber viewed from the North.

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by Martin_L : Pole aerial view from the West. September 2009

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by holger_rix : New pix of this nice tomb. April 2010

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : January 30, 2021

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by holger_rix : A restored stone tomb in the Steinahlkenheide.

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Badenstedt Steingrab submitted by holger_rix

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Re: Badenstedt Steingrab by CharcoalBurner89 on Wednesday, 03 March 2021
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From the information board on site:

The oldest complex in this prehistoric burial ground is the stone grave. According to a report from 1841, the burial chamber, which was already damaged at that time, was called "Steinhaus" - "Stone House" or "Hünenkeller" - "Giant Cellar"; around 1871 it was romantically called "Fürstengruft" - „Prince Crypt“.
Like all similar complexes from this age, the stone monument served as a family crypt around 2500 BC.
All the gaps between the large boulders were wedged with rubble stones and covered with clay on the outside. The whole burial chamber was hidden under a mound of earth. Neolithic grave goods have not been preserved here.
During the archaeological investigation in 1978, one capstone and 5 torn apart, partly damaged carrier stones were still present. A capstone had already been removed around 1920 and used as a war memorial.
The administration of the district of Rotenburg (Wümme) restored the complex based on the excavation findings using the example of other stone graves. The remaining stones were moved together in a new arrangement.
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