D9 is a small incomplete hunebed standing at the side of the busy road between Zuidlaren and Annen. It stands on its own grassy area but is almost completely swallowed up by the surrounding houses. There is often litter here and for years the monument was used as a cycle park. Since March 2010 there has been a cycle rack here and a sign stating that cycles should not be placed against the hunebed.
The hunebed originally had 4 lintels, 8 uprights, 3 portal stones and 2 keystones. Only 2 lintels and 8 uprights remain and 1 keystone and the 3 portal stones are missing. During restoration in 1952 Van Giffen was able to establish the positions of the missing stones from discolouration in the soil and then mark their location (see top photo). He also found shards from at least 100 pots inside the hunebed. The bronze plaque states: Prov.Hunebed D IX, Noordlo.
Location of hunebed D9
Visit of Professor van Giffen in 1918
In 1918 D9 already stood “next to the great road between Annen and Zuidlaren”. However, looking at the photo of the narrow path today we might not agree with this description. The hunebed still looks the same as it did then, except for the fallen lintel which Van Giffen later replaced. Look also at the ruin on the other side of the road, which clearly shows the poverty of the rural population at the time.
(Source: Atlas of “De Hunebedden in Nederland”, dr.A.E.van Giffen)
Text Hans Meijer
Translation Alun Harvey
Photos Hans Meijer and Davado