<< Our Photo Pages >> Grossenhain Dansenstein - Chambered Tomb in Germany in Lower Saxony, Bremen

Submitted by Martin_L on Thursday, 29 November 2007  Page Views: 4187

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Grossenhain Dansenstein Alternative Name: Sprockhoff 617, Großenhain
Country: Germany Land: Lower Saxony, Bremen Type: Chambered Tomb
Nearest Town: Bremerhaven  Nearest Village: Großenhain
Latitude: 53.582085N  Longitude: 8.967134E
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.
3 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 13th Feb 2021 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 3 There is no direct path to the stone grave, so you have to walk across the fields. This limits the access to late autumn, winter and early spring before sowing.

johnstone visited on 26th Jun 2018 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 3

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3 Ambience: 5 Access: 3

Grossenhain Dansenstein
Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards east (November 2007) (Vote or comment on this photo)
Großenhain is a small village along the same minor road as Meckelstedt (where you can find Tomb Sprockhoff No. 616). Compared to the average situation in Germany this area is sparsely populated.

Nearly 2 kilometres north of Großenhain at a somewhat faraway location you will find the tomb "Dansenstein“. "Dansen“ is Low German and means "Dance“. So the name of the tomb could be translated as "Dancing Stone/s“. According to a legend the stones are vitrified dancing virgins.

The site is surrounded by fields. A few trees are growing on the remains of the barrow. The very impressive remains of the tomb are visible from a distance of some hundred metres. Although pretty much destroyed and only of average size, the tomb is one of the kind that makes even some non-megalithically-interested people understand the fascination of megaliths to a certain extent.

The remaining capstone rests on 3 uprights (2 of the SW-Side, 1 of the NE-Side) in a very elegant manner. There are also a lot of overthrown and partly overgrown stones all over the mound. Some of them look like (parts of) capstones, some may have been uprights. One stone is probably a passage-upright and still in situ. Around 4m east of the preserved bay the tops of 2 stones are visible. Possibly these are chamber uprights still in situ.

According to the size of the mound and the total number of remaining stones, the chamber's original size may have been something between 7 and 10m. Very likely it was a passage grave, but there is no clear proof for my hypothesis.

There is some evidence, that the complete destruction was prevented at the very last minute and the stonerobbers (mainly a business in the 19th century) had to leave the already dug up stones at the site.

At least by the time of my visit, the site had an overwhelming aura. This was of course assisted by the extreme weather conditions: cold, stormy wind and a very fast change of heavy rain and sunshine.

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : April 2009. The site at sunset. (7 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : Dansenstein ("Dancing Stone") viewed from the East. Picturesque remains of a once larger chamber. The original groundplan isn't clarified yet. April 2009 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : Sunset in April 2009. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

Grossenhain Dansenstein
Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : The remaining capstone rests on 3 uprights (2 of the SW-Side, 1 of the NE-Side). There also are a lot of overthrown and partly overgrown stones all over the mound. Some of them look like (parts of) capstones, some may have been uprights. One stone is probably a passage-upright and still in situ. Around 4m east of the preserved bay the tops of 2 stones are visible. Possibly these are chamber uprigh... (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards NW. Picturesque remains of a once larger chamber. The original groundplan isn't clarified yet. April 2009 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards NW. April 2009

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : Sunset in April 2009.

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : Just before sunset. April 2008 (1 comment)

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : A nice rainbow appeared during my visit (Nov. 2007).

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards northwest from a very low position (Nov. 2007)

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : February 13, 2021

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by holger_rix : Grossenhain Dansenstein August 2012

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by holger_rix

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by holger_rix

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by holger_rix

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards Northwest (Nov. 2007)

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : The megalithic grave 'Dansenstein' of Großenhain before 1957. The trees surrounding the grave today were probably just planted (today, as you can see, they are very big!). Photo by Landesmuseum Hannover.

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : February 13, 2021

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by johnstone : Ground-plan and side view (1927), Picture credits: Sprockhoff, Atlas der Megalithgräber Deutschlands, Teil 3: Niedersachsen (1975)

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by holger_rix : Grossenhain Dansenstein August 2012

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by holger_rix

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by holger_rix

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Grossenhain Dansenstein submitted by Martin_L : View towards southeast (Nov. 2007).

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