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"Waldhusen" is the name of a passage grave of the type "Holstein chamber" located near the village Pöppendorf / Lübeck, Germany. Waldhusen


The grave was excavated 1843 by K. Klug. Originally the grave had a mound of more than 4 m height and a diameter of 17m. The mound was surrounded at the base by a stone circle.

Waldhusen 1843
Waldhusen 1843 before the excarvation

The chamber is oriented WNW to ESE and covered by three capstones. The middle one has an estimated weight of 8-10 t. The size of the chamber is 4 m long, 1.7m wide and 1.5 m high. The passage is 2 m long and 50 cm wide.

Plan of Waldhusen
A plan of Waldhusen

The holes between the stones of the chamber were carefully filled by a mixture of clay and shattered flint stones. At the north side an approximately 30 cm wide window was found that was closed with a stone plate from inside. A 30-40 cm high layer of burnt wood was found on the ground, but no bones. The inside of the stones showed traces of fire. Three ceramic pots were found inside the chamber.

In the borrow surrounding the chamber several remains of burials were found probably from the Bronze Age.