How did the burials take place?
In the long barrows one or more people were buried in a wooden burial chamber. The long barrows were succeeded by dolmens. The oldest dolmen chambers, made of large granite blocks, were smaller than their successors. The chamber was closed by laying the top stone over it. Later the chambers grew larger and a passage was added. Perhaps the deceased were only placed in the burial chamber after their skin and flesh had decomposed. This was the custom of the contemporary Neolithic population in northern Germany, where it has been possible in several cases to document that it was skeletons, not whole bodies, that were entombed. We have an example of the bodies being moved around in a dolmen at Trekroner, west of Copenhagen, where five adults and five children were buried. However, no complete skeletons were present and the children were mainly represented by their lower jaws.