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Stone-packing graves

Some of the most mysterious graves of prehistory are the so-called ‘stone-packing graves’ from the Neolithic period, constructed between 3100-2800 BC.  These consist of depressions packed with stones (thus the name), located beside a small ‘mortuary house’. The structures are covered by a layer of stones. The ‘graves’ are often placed beside one another or in long rows. A single row of stone-packing graves near Skive reaches a length of almost 1700 metres!

Stone-packing graves
Stone-packing graves during excavation at Herrup, western Jutland.
Stone-packing graves
At the burial site Bondesgårde, Torsted in western Jutland, the stone-packing graves were placed in long, parallel rows.
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