There are a lot of dolmens in Denmark. They are everywhere! And they are beautiful too. Astonishing even. Take Møn for instance. This sparsely populated island on the south coast offers an interesting concentration of burial mounds and dolmens.
Holidays between dolmens in Denmark
It is the last week of the summer vacation. I drive slowly and take a good look around me. The road through the rolling landscape is narrow. There is hardly any other traffic. Most tourists have apparently already left. There are signs at a small rounded hill. This is the place I am looking for; Kong Asgers Høj. Because I expect some sort of stone construction as is I know, I am surprised. The stones are still under the sand! This burial mound dates from the late Stone Age and is up to 5000 years old and sill complete.
Kong Asgers Høj
The entrance gate is open. The underground passage to the burial chamber is ten meters long. If I bend over I can walk through it. All light slowly disappears. I was unprepared and after a few meters saved myself with the light from my camera’s flash and the mobile phone. This is how I reach the burial chamber that is right across the hall. It is slightly higher than the hallway. Standing does not work. The inner length is ten meters, the width two. Here it is dark like the subterranean. I feel like I made a trip to the realm of the dead.
Back outside it turns out that more tourists have come to this Neolithic building; there is a car next to mine, kids get out and run up the hill. When I do the same later, I look out over a peaceful arable landscape. I see the sea and there is a strong wind.
One hundred meters away is Sprovedyssen. That looks more familiar, because the arrangement of bare stones is very similar to that of the dolmens in my home country, The Netherlands. It is a restoration. The stones have been expertly stacked. The structure is in the middle of a circle of 35 stones. Also beautiful, less darkness, more light and air.
Two more dolmens in Denmark on Møn
The beginning was promising. More neolithic spectacle follows.
There is a small parking lot. From there I have to walk through a grain field for five minutes to get to the burial mound. The terrace and the double entrance are striking. Both entrances are too small to bend through. This is not for people with claustrophobia. If you want to enter it, you have to enter the dark. Twice, because one corridor has a burial chamber to the left and the other one to the right. There is no inner connection. The rooms are slightly higher than the tunnels. That provides a little air.
On the way back I look around better than during the way there. The sign on the hill said that many artifacts and evidence of early agriculture have been found in the immediate vicinity. Near the parking lot there is a crater-like floor in the landscape with water in it. Is that the bog where archaeologists have found ritual-sacrificed tools?
Den Hvide Sten
That is a long grave; 100 meters with three burial pits. Two open and one covered with a large white stone. This is different from the other monuments. It looks like a dike. I want to climb and walk on it. And then back again. And along the left and along the right. What a gigantic object. I keep walking and wondering. When I am on top of it, I carefully look into the pits and wonder if there is not much more hidden in this ribbon of sand and stones than these three holes. With such a size, I can hardly imagine anything else. According to the accompanying board, the white stone has a special meaning. Something magical. So much mysterious peculiarity makes this building – just like the other dolmens on Møn – a real Neolithic gem.
More dolmens in Denmark
There are much more dolmens in Denmark. Møn is special, but not unique. I hope to tell and show you more neolithic beauty in a next blog.