D22 is one of twins and lies a few metres to the east of D21. With only two lintels it is the smallest of all hunebeds still extant. The surprisingly large lintels are really all that is to be seen. There must have been three uprights and two keystones but they are almost completely hidden under the sand. In 1918 Van Giffen found the remains of 41 pieces of pottery inside this hunebed.

Location of hunebed D22

D22, Map by Hans Meijer

Visit of Professor van Giffen in 1918

As can be seen from the impressive oak tree in the old photo, Van Giffen was not only interested in the tomb. He saw here 2 large lintels leaning against the south side of the oak and two more apparently lying on the ground on the north side. The 4 uprights only came to light when he excavated the chamber in 1918. For that reason he judged the hunebed to be “in a comparatively original state”. The oak still stands there although it has suffered badly from the ravages of time and the trunk has been split open by lightning. As with D21, the State has owned this hunebed since 1870.
(Source: Atlas bij “De Hunebedden in Nederland”, dr.A.E.van Giffen, 1925)

D22, Bronneger. Source: Atlas on “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 and Harrie Wolters
Translation Alun Harvey
Photos Davado

 

Vorig artikelHet koningshunebed Troldstuerne, Sjælland Denemarken
Volgend artikelHunebed D21, Bronneger English
Harrie Wolters is algemeen directeur van het Hunebedcentrum.

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