Dolmen D46 is a prehistoric megalithic tomb located in the province of Drenthe in the northeastern part of the Netherlands.
dolmen D46 is a prehistoric megalithic tomb located in the province of Drenthe in the northeastern part of the Netherlands. It is one of the largest and best preserved dolmens in the country and is estimated to be over 5,000 years old, dating back to the Funnelbeaker culture.
The dolmen consists of 7 large upright stones, or orthostats, which support 14 capstones. The entire structure is approximately 18 meters long and 4 meters wide. The capstones, which weigh several tons each, were transported from as far as 20 kilometers away and placed on top of the upright stones to create a roofed burial chamber.
Excavations of the burial chamber revealed the remains of 4 adults and 2 children, along with several artifacts including pottery, flint knives, and arrowheads. These findings suggest that the dolmen was used as a communal burial site for a small agricultural community.
dolmen D46 is located near the village of Tynaarlo and is open to the public year-round.
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