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Submitted by Martin_L on Tuesday, 30 October 2007  Page Views: 4839

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Midlum Henkenstein Alternative Name: Sprockhoff 606
Country: Germany Land: Lower Saxony, Bremen Type: Chambered Tomb
Nearest Town: Wurster Nordseeküste  Nearest Village: Midlum
Latitude: 53.743068N  Longitude: 8.667431E
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
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4 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
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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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Midlum Henkenstein
Midlum Henkenstein submitted by Martin_L : This is the western end of a chambered tomb. One large capstone and 3 orthostats are still in place so it looks like a dolmen, although it is not. There are significant remains of the barrow. It is also referred to as Sprockhoff No. 606. According to his research (Atlas der Megalithgräber Teil 3, Textband Page 3) the tomb originally had a length of 6-8m. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Midlum Henkenstein is a chambered tomb in Midlum (Wurster Nordseeküste, Lower Saxony, Germany).

This is the western end of a larger neolithic chambered tomb. One large capstone and 3 orthostats are still in place letting the remains look like a simple dolmen, although they are not. Some significant remains of the barrow are preserved.
According to Sprockhoff et al. (Atlas der Megalithgräber Teil 3, Textband Page 3) the tomb originally had a length of 6-8m.

Nowadays it is situated in a mixed wood, close to a motorway.
Nevertheless the place has an impressive gloomy atmosphere even at daylight.

The name of the tomb is of particular interest as it is not just named "Hünengrab" (meaning "Giant’s tomb") as most other sites in Germany, but has a historic name "Henkenstein". While the meaning of "Stein" is obvious (translates as "Stone") the term "Henken" is a matter of discussion. Andreas contributed some knowledgeable information regarding this (hopefully translated correspondingly by me):

In German "Henker" means "Hangman" and "henken" can mean "to hang sb.". Now the general question is if "Henken" really refers to an actual historic usage of the site as a place of execution, or the site is just believed to be "pagan" or thirdly just refers to the way the capstone leans on its orthostats ("hängen"/"to hang" in the sense of "to impend").

According to literature from the late 19th century the local population historically regarded the tomb as a pre-christian altar. Same literature gives no evidence of a later use of the site as a place of execution. Analysis of the settlement geography also hints, that a place of execution at an insomuch faraway location would be quite unlikely. Hence the names’ origin cannot be clarified with any certainity.
According to a comment by a local an family with the name 'Henken' lived in the area and the locality has been known as 'Henken's Heide' (Henken's heather) in historic times.
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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by holger_rix : Midlum Henkenstein October 2010 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by holger_rix (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by holger_rix (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards North East. [Dec. 2007] (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards E. [Dec. 2007] (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards SE. [Dec. 2007]

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by Harald_Platta : The Midlum Henkenstein is a chambered tomb in Midlum (Lower Saxony, Germany). Picture taken in July 2016. © Platta 2016

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by Harald_Platta

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by holger_rix : Midlum Henkenstein October 2010

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards North. [Dec. 2007]

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : The megalithic grave 'Henkenstein' before 1957. Photo by Carl Schemkes.

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : November 9, 2021

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by CharcoalBurner89

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by johnstone : Ground-plan (1927), Picture credits: Sprockhoff, Atlas der Megalithgräber Deutschlands, Teil 3: Niedersachsen (1975)

Midlum Henkenstein
Midlum Henkenstein submitted by Harald_Platta : The Midlum Henkenstein is a chambered tomb in Midlum (Lower Saxony, Germany). Picture taken in July 2016. © Platta 2016

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Midlum Henkenstein submitted by holger_rix : Midlum Henkenstein October 2010

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Re: Henkenstein by Martin_L on Tuesday, 30 October 2007
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The word "Henken" means "to hang somebody" ("Henker"="Hangman")
I am not familiar with the local history so i do not know if this was a place for execution in historic times.
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    Re: Henkenstein by Anonymous on Sunday, 03 October 2010
    I can explain why the grave is called the Henkenstein. I live in Mildum and the area where the grave is belonged to my ancestors. In the past the hole area there was heathland and there was no forest. Our familyname ist Henken. My great-great-grandfather grazed his sheep there, so the area was called Henkens Heide und so the rocks were called the Henkenstein. The name has nothing do to with executing people.
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