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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Lamstedt Steenaben Alternative Name: Steinofen, Hünengrab Westerberg, Sprockhoff 645
Country: Germany Land: Lower Saxony, Bremen Type: Chambered Tomb
Nearest Town: Bremerhaven  Nearest Village: Lamstedt
Latitude: 53.665670N  Longitude: 9.080800E
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.
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
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
4

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CharcoalBurner89 visited on 29th May 2021 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4 A really good preserved megalithic grave that can be reached after a short walk. I visited this place for the first time and it is really magically beautiful!

johnstone visited on 26th Jun 2018 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4

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Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 3 Ambience: 4 Access: 4

Lamstedt Steenaben
Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : Inside the chamber. View NW. Nearly halfway filled with earth and leaves (March 2009). (Vote or comment on this photo)
Well preserved chambered tomb near Lamstedt, Lower Saxony.
Nowadays one of the finest megalithic tombs in the Elbe-Weser-Region.


The "Steenaben" is located in a woodland called “Westerberg” north of Lamstedt. “Westerberg” a forested ridge, is a terminal moraine like the nearby “Wingst”.
The Northwest-Southeast orientated chamber has a trapezoid groundplan (compare photo from the infoboard). This is comparatively rare in Germany. Clear chamber size is 4m x 1,5 (NW)-0,8m(SE).
All four orthostats on each long-side are preserved in situ. The orthostat of the north-western short-side and three capstones (C1,C2,C3 counting from the NW) are also still in place. The south-eastern chamber-end is damaged by blasting attempts. As a result the capstone (C4) and the orthostast of the southeastern chamber-end are fragmented.
According to Sprockhoff et al. the lateral entrance was located in the middle of the south-western long-side.
The surrounding barrow is almost completely removed/eroded. The drywall filling is also missing, except for some boulders in and around the chamber.
“Steinofen” (low Geman: “Steenaben") means “Stone oven”. There are some other sites in (not only) Germany where megalithic tombs have similar names, like “Teufelsbackofen” (“Devil's oven”).

Access:
The site is signposted from the Lamstedt-Wingst road. There are possibilities to park beside the road. Walk the forest road west slightly upslope. After some 50m a fine round barrow (probably bronze age) is visible 20 m south of the track. After apprx. 350m from the main-road the megalithic tomb is visible to the right. Proceed to a junction and follow a track South (right) for 75m.
The site offers vast quantities of benches arranged very close to the tomb. As a result the otherwise good ambience is slightly decreased.

Reference:
Sprockhoff, Schwieger in: Körner, G. (Ed.), Sprockhoff, E. Atlas der Megalithgräber Deutschlands, Niedersachsen-Westfalen, p. 16.


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Lamstedt Steenaben
Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by krautrock : Lamstedt Steenaben May 2010 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : How the people (maybe) came up with the term 'Steinofen'/'Steenaben'- stone oven: I was able to observe beautifully the situation at sunset today. It really looks like ember within, when the sunlight falls into the burial chamber at the right angle. I did not use any filters and was still able to capture this beautiful photo. August 9, 2022 (2 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

Lamstedt Steenaben
Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by krautrock : Lamstedt Steenaben May 2010 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by krautrock (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : From the Southwest (March 2009) (Vote or comment on this photo)

Lamstedt Steenaben
Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : Overview. X-marks: a large stone, partly covered. As there are otherwise no erratic blocks in the surrounding area, this stone might originate from the tomb. Possibly from a missing entrance passage. Camera position at a height of approximately 4m to show the fragments at the damaged SE end. Using extended BAP-(Bench “Aerial”-Photography) technique (Bench + me with outstretched arm + tri... (3 comments)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by krautrock : Lamstedt Steenaben May 2010

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : From the West. Entrance between orthostat SW2 and SW3 (March 2009) (2 comments)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by holger_rix : Lamstedt Steenaben June 2010

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by holger_rix

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by holger_rix

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : The NW-end (March 2009)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : From the North (March 2009)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : May 29, 2021

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by krautrock : Lamstedt Steenaben May 2010

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by holger_rix : Lamstedt Steenaben June 2010

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by holger_rix

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : From the Southeast (March 2008)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : When you approach the site from the West you will pass this round barrow. Diameter apprx. 15m, height 2m (March 2009)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by CharcoalBurner89 : The megalithic grave 'Steenaben' before 1957. Photo by Willy Klenck.

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by johnstone : Reconstruction and ground-plan (1930), Picture credits: Sprockhoff, Atlas der Megalithgräber Deutschlands, Teil 3: Niedersachsen (1975)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by krautrock : Lamstedt Steenaben May 2010

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : Inside the chamber. View SE (March 2009)

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Lamstedt Steenaben submitted by Martin_L : Info board at the site. Including one of H. Schwieger's drawings from “Atlas der Megalithgräber” (March 2009)

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Re: Lamstedt Steenaben by CharcoalBurner89 on Saturday, 29 May 2021
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Can we change the type? It is listed as a 'passage grave' in the literature.
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    Re: Lamstedt Steenaben by Martin_L on Sunday, 30 May 2021
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    Which literature you refer to?
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      Re: Lamstedt Steenaben by CharcoalBurner89 on Sunday, 30 May 2021
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      Hery A. Lauer (1983): Archäologische Wanderungen - Nördliches Niedersachsen, Westliche Lüneburger Heide, Mittelwesergebiet: Ein Führer zu Sehenswürdigkeiten der Ur- und Frühgeschichte, S. 100
      The Wikipedia article also speaks of a rare form of a trapezoidal passage grave. Unfortunately, I still do not have the Sprockhoff Atlas (even used it is too expensive), so I cannot say what he wrote about it :(
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        Re: Lamstedt Steenaben by Anonymous on Sunday, 30 May 2021
        Our site description is based on the examination by Sprockhoff et al. published in Atlas der Megalithgräber (hence it is mentioned as reference). If you know of any later archaelogical examination which revealed traces of a passage we will certainly change the site type.
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