Surprising history at the garden

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We visit the small village of Højer for the last time. We drive around and pass an old farm we haven’t seen before. It looks nice so we decide to have a quick look at the farm. It is a traditional old house like so many others in and around Højer but this one is a bit bigger than the others.

Behind the farm there is a small garden and inside the garden is a little archeological at display – an old grave called Jættestue in Danish which translate into the giant’s living room. The grave wasn’t actually here originally instead it was a few miles north of here. But the water rose and covered the small grave and covered it by the special mud of the tidal sea from the Netherlands to Denmark – the special mud is called Klæg and is very good for farming since it is high on nutrients.

Jættestue – old grav behind Kier’s Gård

The grave was around 5000 years old and one of the many of this type which were spread all across the Danish territory since it was tradition to bury people in this kind of stone constructions to keep their memory alive for the coming centuries. Many of this kind of graves have been destroyed during the following millenniums but this one was under the sea so nobody could do any harm to the grave.

The grave is just left on the land and it is not possible to go inside the grave and see what it looks like on the inside. The big stone constructions of this kind of grave can be rather impressive but a bit claustrophobic to go inside if you are more than 4 feet tall.

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