The Tombs

A month ago, I visited this beautiful area once again.  Spring and autumn are sparkling seasons here.
Now the sun is low,  the shadows long and the ancient tombs cast long shadows across the meadow.

Here in Tokkekøb Hegn in North Zealand 23 long barrows, round dolmens and passage graves are registered.


The burial chambers are 5,000 years old and the chambers are well preserved.
By archaeological excavations one found beautiful pottery vessels and flint axes as sacrifices.

Dæmpegårdsdyssen is a 5,000 year old long barrow – 38 meters long and 9 meters wide.
People nicknamed the tomb The Kings barrow because the Danish King Frederik the 7th helped to excavate it.

I imagine how the bereaved have walked along small paths towards the graves carrying their dead.
For 5,000 years ago, primeval forest covered Denmark. At that time, the linden trees were so dominant that people sometimes have called the period for the ‘Older Linden Time’.

Have you ever walked an avenue when linden trees are in bloom? The yellow flowers have a fine delicate fragrance.
Can you imaging an entire forest?


James Elkington lives in North England. Look at these amazing photos of a 5.000 year old stone circle.

Tokkekøb Hegn, Naturstyrelsen
Oldtidsstier i Tokkekøb Hegn;

Kort over tur i Tokkekøb Hegn

25 thoughts on “The Tombs

    • Thank you Resa 🙂 I thought of you today when I saw the ordinary tags on a wall.
      I missed an eagle or some people viewing the horizon gazing at their land ❤ ❤ ❤

  1. 5000 year old tombs? Amazing, Hanna. Thank you for this interesting history and pictures. I am really learning so much about your beautiful country from your blog and I am determined to visit one day. 🙂

    • When you begin to take an interest in history, it is as if a billion doors open.
      Jane, my next post reveals an ‘Aussie’ in Denmark 🙂 I hope she likes to live here.
      All the best,

  2. Espléndido post Hanna. Has capturado unas imágenes muy sugerentes para este interesante tema funerario y al filo de este invierno que ya nos acecha! disfruta de estos últimos días de Otoño! Cheers!

    • Thank you so much Jacint. Some places offer so much atmosphere that it doesn’t matter which way you photograph 🙂
      People often call my locations for idyllic. This place epitomizes tranquillity.
      All the best,

    • Thank you!! In the spring the soil is a whole carpet of white anemones and autumn are fantastic with great variation in tree foliage, an entire fireworks 🙂 🙂
      All the best,

    • Tak Leya. Tokkekøb Hegn udgør en lille del af et større sammenhængende skovområde. Det er meget idyllisk.
      Mange gode hilsner til dig og god weekend,

      • Jeg forstår din forsigtighed, Leya. Et utal af træer er væltet i Nordsjælland. Birketræerne vælter som i et Mikadospil, men ud – det må jeg.
        Forleden gled ‘et ton’ tøsne ned af taget som en stor lavine. Jeg havde lige lukket min hoveddør 🙂 🙂

  3. Hanna – these photos are beautiful. I would love to visit this place, as you know I have a deep love for the Neolithic tombs and rock art. Just wonderful 🙂

    • Thanks James. I know you like tombs 🙂
      I always think of you when I see great ones in Denmark.
      I have seen some magnificent stones in Sweden. I have to go back there in the down or sunset 🙂
      All the best,

      • I always try to visit ours at Dawn – before anyone gets there – watching the sunrise from a Neolithic circle or tomb is amazing – well worth a go 🙂

  4. Me gusta mucho la arqueología y me ha interesado tu reportaje sobre las cámaras funerarias. Me fascina el conocimiento del pasado porque demuestra que no hemos cambiado mucho. La estampa de los tilos en flor aporta un toque poético a la escena. Las fotos, como siempre, preciosas.

    • Gracias, Magnoliae.
      La arqueología es muy interesante. Siempre me pregunto lo que se esconde en túmulos 🙂
      All the best,

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