D32 is 1 km outside Odoorn along the road to Borger on the first sand track on the left. There is a signpost but access is not easy. A 3 minute walk brings you to D32, which stands on higher ground to the left. It is a ‘low’ hunebed; the seven uprights and two keystones lie half-buried under the sand. Only four of the five lintels remain. A boulder with a bronze nameplate stands at the end of the sandy track.

Map of D32 by Hans Meijer

Visit of Professor van Giffen in 1918

“Incomplete and in a collapsed state” is how Van Giffen described this hunebed in 1925, and that is still obvious today. According to the sources which Van Giffen quoted, that was also the case 100 years earlier. The 4 (out of 5) lintels lie on the chamber floor and 3 (out of 10) uprights are missing. The 2 keystones are present and in place, so that it is at least possible to determine the length and orientation of the tomb. The contours of the covering mound can also be distinguished. In 1871 the hunebed was purchased by the State from a private owner.
(Source: Atlas of “De Hunebedden in Nederland”, dr.A.E.van Giffen, 1925)

D32 (Source: Atlas of “De Hunebedden in Nederland”, dr.A.E.van Giffen, 1925)

Up until 1959 another hunebed, D33, stood not far from D32. This was no more than a collapsed heap of stones consisting of 9 boulders, which Van Giffen sacrificed for the renovation of D49 .

D33 – This pile of stones produced Van Giffen’s most morbid description: “The hunebed is competely disordered and lies in the most miserable state. The original condition is hardly recognisable”. He could determine neither the original orientation nor the extent of the tomb. He counted 9 stones in total, only one of which might have been a lintel. He placed question marks by all the others. Perhaps that is why he was later willing to sacrifice this grave for the reconstruction of D49. Such a heap of rubble was not even worth any money, as the village elders of Valthe must have thought in 1871 when they donated it free of charge to the Province.

(Source: Atlas of “De Hunebedden in Nederland”, dr.A.E.van Giffen, 1925)

D32 Odoorn. Photo Davado
D32 Odoorn. Photo Davado
D32 Odoorn. Photo Davado

For more information about this and other hunebeds in Drenthe see
www.hunebedden.nl and www.hunebeddeninfo.nl

Text Hans Meijer
Translation Alun Harvey
Photography Hans Meijer and Davado


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