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
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)
Text Hans Meijer and Harrie Wolters
Translation Alun Harvey