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Emmen has a unique long grave

The hunebed on the northwest side of Emmen is clearly different from the other hunebeds in Drenthe. It stands by  the old road to Odoorn approximately on the highest point of the Hondsrug. Archaeologists call this type of hunebed a langgraf – a long grave or long barrow. It consists actually of two (small) hunebeds, one behind the other, both standing inside a circle of large stones measuring 40 metres long and seven metres wide. This ‘langgraf’ or log grave is unique in  the Netherlands, but several hunebeds of this type have been found in Germany.

The Long Grave mapped in 1883

Ring of stones

Because the ‘langgraf’ is an unusual monument, various archaeologists have examined it over the years. In 1913  the Leiden archaeologist Holwerda was the first to investigate the tomb using modern archaeological methods. Holwerda succeeded in establishing the original location of the ring of stones.

The Long Grave with its surrounding ring of stones

Location data

Saxon Farmhouse Nabershof

Coördinaten:  52°47’35.7″N 6°53’13.8″E

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