Megalithic tombs, burial mounds, and old embankments – More than 5,000 discovery sites in the district of Harburg

When people think about archaeology, ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans typically come to mind. But there are also a lot of field monuments both above and below the ground in the district of Harburg.

There are presently more than 5,000 individual sites. 2,000 of these are visible above ground. However, there is much to be discovered below ground. It is not uncommon for prehistoric settlement traces and cemeteries to be unearthed during construction, forestry and field work.


Harburg 50,000 years ago

In the sandy heathland of the district the field monuments, which are still visible above ground, are mostly megalithic tombs, burial mounds, stone monuments and defensive dykes. In the marshland there are mainly wharves and old embankments. Hidden underground are urn cemeteries, gravesites and, most importantly, settlements where the prehistoric inhabitants of this area lived.

The oldest legacies of people in the district of Harburg are nearly 50,000 years old, including hand axes and other equipment made of flint. There were also traces of the late ice age reindeer huntsmen who passed through the area some 10,000 years ago. At the beginning of the Neolithic period (around 4,000 BC) people became sedentary. From this point archaeological evidence of life in the district has been found throughout all eras.

A particularly striking field monument of the region is the hill fort of Hollenstedt from the ninth century AD.



Department preservation and care of field monuments at the Archaeological Museum Hamburg
District of Harburg
Dr. Jochen Brandt (District of Harburg)
Phone: 040/42871-3696
Fax: 040/42871-2684
Meetings by appointment.

We happily inspect your findings during the museum‘s general office hours on Wednesdays, from 10 am to 12 noon and 2 pm to 4 pm.