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; oldtidsstier.dk
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