Dolmen D49 is one of the smaller dolmens in the country and is estimated to be over 5,000 years old, dating back to the Funnelbeaker culture.
dolmen D49 is a prehistoric megalithic tomb located in the province of Drenthe in the northeastern part of the Netherlands. It is one of the smaller dolmens in the country and is estimated to be over 5,000 years old, dating back to the Funnelbeaker culture.
The dolmen consists of 4 large upright stones, or orthostats, which support 3 capstones. The entire structure is approximately 7 meters long and 3 meters wide. The capstones, which weigh several tons each, were transported from as far as 10 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 several individuals, 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.
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