Till the modern times people used the glacial erratics and rocks for house building or church erection in this very agricultural dominated North-Eastern small region of Germany called Uckermark while ‘Ucker‘ is just a nearby river, and the term ‘Mark‘ means borderland where frontiers are crossed to other lands. The countryside offers sometimes a more brittle charm, but you can discover interesting places and a lot of nature with tremendous stones.
There, on the outskirts of the small and otherwise unspectacular village Trebenow (near the city of Prenzlau) a relic of the Neolithic period has survived in quite good and original condition, a typical stone grave of the Funnelbeaker culture being constructed around 3,000 BC. This old burial place is also known as Hünenstein (i. e. Giant’s Stone), and the bearing granite stones had been dug nearly 1 m into the ground. The massive granite serving as the roof has a length of nearly 3 m and a weight of more than 4 t, as a whole a real delicate construction.
Even with today’s technical equipment it would be still a demanding task to erect the astonishing structure which was looted in the course of time. Archeological research in 1904 resulted only in very little findings inside of the grave chamber: 2 horse teeth, 1 burnt small hollow bone and 2 undecorated grey ceramic shards. At a small country road in Trebenow a very small direction sign – which can be easily overlooked – draws possibly some attention to this archaic location, but you cannot see the grave itself from the street because it lies well hidden behind an agricultural barn.
While this archeological site locates within used farmland, the ritual place is usually only completely visible after the harvest during fall or winter. Dozens of similar places can be found in the lands stretching along the Baltic and North Sea, but the greater public does not know much of them like this secret and lonesome stony space in the Mark.
For developping and farming the erratics and stones, left in the Uckermark after the last ice age, had to be removed from the landscape anyhow. Therefore, it is not astonishing that this rocky legacy has been often featured in local traditions and legends. Petrification, the turning of people into a stone, comprises one common topic in this respect like in other more well-known mythologies, because stones as natural monuments are always reminding us to the opening of known history and much older ages, a beginning in fascinating form and shape.
LIKE AN ARTEFACT OF THE ANALOG INDUSTRIAL ERA THIS OXYDIZING SKYSCRAPER IS CLIMBING NOSTALGICALLY TOWARDS THE BLUEISH SKY. WHAT WILL BE LEFT WHEN ARCHEOLOGISTS DIG UP THESE GROUNDS IN 1000 YEARS? IN ANY CASE THE LIMITLESS SKY.
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Heathen caves near Goldbach, steel engraving by Konrad Corrady, ca. 1850
The term ‘heathen caves’ was firstly used in the middle of the 17th century, and the term heathen is here used to describe the fact that the origin of such caves in the Western region of Lake Constance is going back to the pre-Christian period in Germany while nobody knows for sure who did the construction and when. Also the original purpose of these caves is unclear while a lot of legends still exist such as the unproven theory of the local geologist Dr. Schmidle published in the 30s of the 20th century alleging that the heathen caves were erected by the Romans and serving as sanctuaries for their Mithras cult. Roman coins were found near such caves otherwhere in the region, but this implies no real evidence. Unfortunately today there are only some small remainings of these heathen caves existing near Goldbach because starting from the middle of the 19th century until the 50s of the 20th century explosives destroyed them mostly in order to create free space for streets and modern railway connections. The original impression can only be imagined on old pictures such as the steel engraving by Konrad Corrady shown here.
Reconstruction of old village on pile dwellings from the Bronze Age
at Unteruhldingen, Lake Constance, Germany
Stones – irrespective whether slate, basalt, sandstone, marbel, volcanic bombs or glacial blocks – are all dumb witnesses of the past and the global memory in Earth’s history. Even hundreds or thousands of years after they have been formed by nature or artistic design into surreal natural sceneries and/or real sculptures they still provide information regarding past eons and long ago forgotten cultures.
Silhouette of a royalistic monument at Charlottenburg castle, Berlin
Patiently digging and examining researchers and archeologists have decoded the messages of diversely carved stones on the whole world which report quite often about war and rulers or testify the spiritual beliefings of its creators which may also be quite demonic and frightening sometimes. The first glimpse induces us eventually to believe that all this is a simple illusion because our cognition likes irreal gamblings showing us only what we would like to see. Just look in the jewel’s case of your mother to understand what I mean.
© transmutation.me (2016)