We had just visited one of the churches where our Theler ancestors worshiped in Hunteburg and were on our way back to Osnabrück early Friday afternoon (March 25, 2012) when our tour guide Carol Saint-Clair decided to show us what the Germans call Hünen graves and we call dolmens. They are most likely grave markers put in place thousands of years ago by people of the New Stone Age. Exactly how they did it we don’t know. In medieval times stories were told of giants and devils who did the work. Germans are pretty good storytellers.
Carol told us that there are about 35 of these Hünen sites in a 12-mile circle around Osnabrück. I’m not sure exactly where these particular stones are but I think we were not too far from the Kalkriese battle scene I wrote about the other day. Several of these Hünen sites are just south of the village of Schwagstorf and this was probably one of those.
The boulders were brought to this area by glaciers from as far away as Norway and even today they are still being discovered and dug up to be used as front yard decorations.
Thanks, Carol, for stopping and allowing me to take the photo!