Not far over the German border, south of Oldenburg, is a small town called Wildeshausen. South of the town lies one of  the largest prehistoric burial ground in Northern Europe. In an area of 40 hectares there are no fewer than 500 burial mounds. The site lies along the so-called Strasse der Megalitkultur, the Route of Megalithic Culture, which runs for more than 300 kilometres between Oldenburg, Meppen and Osnabruck. This route primarily links the many hunebeds in the region but also passes this enormous burial site with tumuli or burial mounds dating from the Bronze Age and the Iron Age (see also http://www.strassedermegalithkultur.de/en/site-26-pestrup-burial-ground)

The Pestruper Burial Ground forms part of the Route of Megalithic Culture

Each of these graves is the resting place of one single person, mainly in the form of cremated human remains preserved inside urns.

Each mound is a single grave from the Bronze Age or the Iron Age
Each mound is the site of an ancient burial

You can follow a path around the site and the area is certainly worth visiting. You could easily combine it with a visit to some of the many hunebeds which can be found nearby. (See the Nieuwscafe article https://www.hunebednieuwscafe.nl/2017/02/hunebeds-near-oldenburg/)

Pestruper Burial Ground in August

Text Harrie Wolters

Translation Alun Harvey

Vorig artikelSalade met brandnetel
Volgend artikelPantalica – one of the largest necropolis in Europe
Harrie Wolters is algemeen directeur van het Hunebedcentrum.

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