The less informed
layman and even the expert may be surprised by this fact, but there are good reasons to
believe in german pyramids. The archeological outcome offers only one conclusion.
They are the biggest monuments of the Megalith-culture on the continent. Their size even
exceeds on all the stony step-pyramids of brittany. There they are called
"cairns" - prehistoric grave-houses and step-pyramids built in stone
without mortar including one or several burial-chambers like dolmens or vaults of
corbel-stone. The most famous example is the "Cairn of Barnenez" (picture 1).
picture 1: Barnenez
The Cairn of Barnenez during its reconstruction at the beginning of the 60s. The
steps are planar. Before the disclosure of the burial-chambers, the monument looked like a
scree or rubble heap, covered by rubble and debris.
Cairns in Europe:
Cairns even are common in Great Britain with the same designation. Generally the
spreading of this megalthic tombs (mega = big, lith = stone) reaches from northern Africa,
the Balear-islands, over Spain, France, Great Britain, Scandinavia, northern Germany and
the northern Switzerland to Poland. Only here in southern Germany there is a blank in the
map of dissemination.
It is sayed that in Carnac is the biggest megalith-monument, conventionally dated
in the time about 4000 B. C.: the cairn Mont St. Michel. Now you can find place-names in
southern Germany which give an hint or indication of cairns, f. e. Kirnach in the
blackwood forrest near by Villingen-Schwenningen with one of the biggest mounds of the
Celts in Germany (diameter 100 m, height 6 m). It is build of earth and has a stony core
with a central burial chamber of oaktree-baulks.
The spreading of the german cairns:
But here in southern Germany also is standing the highest stone-steppyramid of
the continent, one of several others which have been discovered in 1990. They are
wide-spread in the south of a village named Kürnbach, in the transition area of a
region called Kraichgau and the mountain of the Stromberg, half the way between Karlsruhe
at the river Rhine and Bietigheim-Bissingen at the river Neckar, in the surroundings of a
small town named Bretten. And they are very similiar to the brittanic and british
cairns. They are grouped to complete nekropoles, f. e. the stone-mounds of Schmie nearby
the famoust and best-preserved monastery north of the alps: Maulbronn (picture 2+3).
picture 2: Schmie
One of 7 stone-gravemounds. The basic wall of accurately square-cutted
sandstone-ashlars (like you can see on the foreground), is bursted partially. The steps,
which you see in traces, are still buried.
picture 3: Schmie, Sommerhälde, 2
km south of Maulbronn with the colossal 1,3 km long nekropole, which is protected by a
bulwark in the same length and in the height of over 20 m to the valley-side.
Comparision to etrsukian graveyards:
The "Hälden" of Schmie are comparable to similiar burial-places of
the Etrusks, f. e. the tomba-nekropole of Cerveteri north of Rome. The phenomena of this
newly discovered german tumuli of stone is the odd fact, that they are erected without
exception in to some extent very large und deep rock-break-opens, but Cerveteri, too, is
broken out of the tuff-rock on a very huge expanse (picture 4).
Cerveteri north of Rome
The round tumuli are standing close like such in the "Sommerhälde" of
Schmie. Their round basic-wall is carved out of the rock by the metre. Over that a tumuli
of earth is heaped up. Only one narrow dead-way leads to the single tombs. In Schmie such
a narrow lane is delivered in a document of 1540 as "Häldengasse".
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