[ Glentehøj]

Glentehøj

" The Glentehøj barrow on the island of Lolland contains a 5,200-year-old Neolithic passage grave. In 1826, farmworker Hans Friis was digging in the barrow when his spade struck a pristine stone chamber. The whole burial chamber was excavated by Count Ernst Reventlow of the Pederstrup estate and his private tutor, Erasmus Carl Kamla, who wrote up a report on their findings. The passage grave contained skeletons, flint axes, earthenware vessels and amber beads from two Neolithic periods, along with Bronze Age burials. Originally, there were 11 barrows on the site; four remain today. "

The private tutor's report

  • Story written by: Torben Dehn
  • Time / Periode -3200

Erasmus Carl Kamla was an experienced archaeologist and had read about the excavation of the Klekkendehøj barrow on the island of Møn. He wrote up a detailed report on the Glentehøj barrow. Its precise description of a small wooden coffin tells us today that this dates from the Bronze Age. He compared the axe-shaped layout of the passage grave with Thor's hammer, Mjǫllnir . After the excavation, Reventlow had a spiral path laid on top of the mound, a bench installed inside the chamber, and a window opening cut in the wall of the chamber, where Hans Friis had made the discovery. Glentehøj – now a barrow in the Romantic garden style – became a tourist attraction. Kamla's report ends: Its preservation attended to, it is my hope that it will delight many to see this exquisite monument to the past". "

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