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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1) Alternative Name: Urgeschichtliches Steinkammergrab Kirchborchen I
Country: Germany Land: North Rhine-Westphalia Type: Chambered Tomb
Nearest Town: Paderborn  Nearest Village: Kirchborchen
Latitude: 51.654000N  Longitude: 8.719300E
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:
2Not Good
0No data.
3 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

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Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1)
Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1) submitted by Andreas : Kirchborchen (1): view into the partly overgrown chamber (Vote or comment on this photo)
This late neolithic tomb at Kirchborchen is situated east of the street "An den Steinkisten". The chamber is about 21 meters long and about 3 m wide. It's oriented Northeast-Southwest.

The entrance, an oval so-called Seelenloch ("Soul Hole") is at the southeastern long side. It's situated under the ground level, so it can't be seen.

Most of the supporting stones have been preserved. But just one capstone has remained.

Grave additions were food, beverages, adornment, arms and tools.

The tombs at Kirchborchen most probably have been built about 3400-3000 BC, like most of the gallery graves of eastern Westphalia and nothern Hesse. They are related to the late neolithic Wartberg culture.
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Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1)
Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1) submitted by Martin_L : Detail of gallery graves' central part. The main part of the 21m by 3m chamber is situated below ground level. While most orthostats are preserved only one capstone survived historic destruction. It is partly fallen and as an unnecesary act of official vandalism a "monument" sign has been attached (with screws...) to it. January 2013 (Vote or comment on this photo)

Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1)
Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1) submitted by Andreas : Kirchborchen (1): the only remaining capstone of the chamber (Vote or comment on this photo)

Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1)
Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1) submitted by Andreas : Kirchborchen (1): The picture shows the remaining state of the tomb. Nowadays the tomb is partly overgrown. (photo from the information-board) (Vote or comment on this photo)

Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1)
Kirchborchen Steinkiste (1) submitted by Andreas : Kirchborchen (1): theoretical reconstruction of parts of the original tomb (photo from the information-board) (Vote or comment on this photo)

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