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Multi-periodSite Name: Teufelsstein (Grethen) Alternative Name: Teufelsstein, Devils Stone
Country: Germany Land: Rhineland-Palatinate Type: Sculptured Stone
Nearest Town: Bad D├╝rkheim  Nearest Village: Grethen
Latitude: 49.470940N  Longitude: 8.149130E
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.
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
5

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Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Five steps, a single step to the right, a clearly visible runnel further right. Another artificial an deep runnel opens out into the top stephole (probably more a bowl than a step in ancient times?) (Vote or comment on this photo)
'Sacrificial Stone' in Rhineland-Palatinate. An sacrificial stone altar from pre-Christian probably Celtic times. The Teufelsstein (Devils Stone) is both the name of a hill close to the city of Bad D├╝rkheim and of the monolith on top of it: A boulder 2,5 metres (more than eight feet) high and 4 metres (13 feet) broad

It has five steps hewn into its side and at least one definitely artificial blood runnel beside the steps. To the right of he steps is a single sixth step or shallow hole and further right another runnel, much shallower than the deep artificial one to the left of the steps.
On top is a large and deep bowl (approx 30/40cm diameter) and two more runnels to the back and side of the boulder.
The stone bears several carvings, sorry to say most of them are new. But there are also some old markings (i.e. sunwheels, runes, a skull that can be found at the roman quarry "Kriemhildenstuhl" too, dating to Roman times) and old descriptions speak of the carving of two human figures. These are now vanished - either eroded or deliberately removed, nobody knows.
The stone has been supported by a little brick wall recently.
Neither stone, steps nor runnels are aligned with the cardinal points of the compass.

Only fifteen minutes walk from the Teufelsstein is the Heidenmauer, a Celtic hillfort with a wall length of 2,5 km (1,5 miles). The wall is well preserved.

A fire in the late seventies/early eighties that destroyed large parts of the wood at the nearby Ebersberg revealed a celtic necropole (pictures and further information will follow).
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 Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Five steps, a single step to the right, a clearly visible runnel further right. Another artificial an deep runnel opens out into the top stephole (probably more a bowl than a step in ancient times?) (Vote or comment on this photo)

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Carving of a skull - a very similar carving can be found on the walls of the roman quarry "Kriemhildenstuhl", half an hour walk away (Vote or comment on this photo)

 Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. View down the steps with the second runnel clearly visible (Vote or comment on this photo)

 Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Another runnel on the side/back of the stone (Vote or comment on this photo)

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by KaiHofmann : Teufelsstein

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Carving and markings on the stone

 Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Artificial runnel opening out into the top step (tip of my shoe can be seen in the step on the left bottom of the picture)

 Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Basin on top of the stone with artificial runnel leading towards the steps

 Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Basin on top of the stone (5 comments)

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Runnel on the side/back of the stone

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by KaiHofmann : Teufelsstein

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by KaiHofmann

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by KaiHofmann

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by Slothrop : One final shot of the reconstruction. Note, the summit seems to show incredible local erosion compared with the crisp lines of the rest of the stone.

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by Slothrop : Another view of the photogrametric reconstruction. This large, wedge-shaped stone does not appear to have been here originally, but appears to have been placed in this location. In this view you can see that there is a stone-lined depression on the underside of the wedge, leading, presumably to a hollow space underneath. For some reason, this hollow space was walled up in recent times. ...

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by Slothrop : Photogrammetric reconstruction of the Teufelsstein, showing the depression (Opferschale) at the summit, which is difficult to capture from the ground. There are actually several auxiliary depressions and grooves implying the pouring of liquid(s) into the depressions for what ever ritual they were used.

Teufelsstein (Grethen)
Teufelsstein (Grethen) submitted by majoky : The Teufelsstein, said to be a sacrificial stone altar from celtic times, more then eight feet high. Five steps, a single step to the right, a clearly visible runnel further right. Another artificial an deep runnel opens out into the top stephole (probably more a bowl than a step in ancient times?)

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