D46 and D47 have both been completely swallowed up by the new suburban housing estate of Angelslo. You need a good map of Emmen to be able to find them, and you may still have to ask the local residents for help. D46 stands on the Fokkingeslag in a public park between the houses. The hunebed was restored in 1960. The four lintels which lay scattered here and there were raised up onto the ten uprights. One lintel was missing. The hunebed today looks more like a park ornament than an archaeological monument.

Location of D46

D46, Map by Hans Meijer

Visit of Professor van Giffen in 1918

At that time the hunebed still stood in an immense heathfield close to the hamlet of Angelslo. “Admittedly disturbed, but the original is still easily recognisable”, according to Van Giffen. He was referring to the 2 keystones and 5 pairs of uprights which were still in place. That showed a definite ground plan of 9.5 by 3.6 metres. The lintels were not in such good condition, 3 lying outside the chamber and 1 fallen inside, while one was missing. The hunebed also showed signs of deliberate damage such as the boreholes in the second lintel. The hunebed was purchased from the village elders of South and North Barge in 1872.
(Source: Atlas of “De Hunebedden in Nederland”, dr.A.E.van Giffen, 1925)

D46, Source: Atlas of “De Hunebedden in Nederland”, dr.A.E.van Giffen, 1925

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

D46 Photo by Davado
D46 Photo by Davado
D46, Photo Hans Meijer


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