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New management of Megalithic Routes association

  • Posted on: 4 July 2020
  • By: Megalithic Routes
Dr. Ursula Warnke

On 1 July 2020 Ursula Warnke took over the management of the Megalithic Routes association. She succeeds Bodo Zehm, who has held this position since 2017.

Ursula Warnke has a doctorate in archaeology and works since 2018 as the director of the Lower Saxony State Museum of Nature and Man in Oldenburg, Germany.

Prior to this, she had already held the same position since 2006 at the German Maritime Museum in Bremerhaven, was involved in extensive research and mediation projects and worked as a lecturer at colleges and universities in Münster, Berlin, Bremerhaven and Oldenburg.

During her studies of Pre- and Early History at the Universities of Münster and Marburg, she was also involved in the study of Art History and Ancient Oriental Archaeology. In addition, she directed various excavations in Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt and the city of Münster. In 2011, she has specialized in the field of knowledge communication and exploitation in museums and thus has excellent professional qualifications to support the goals of the "European Route of Megalithic Culture".

“Voices of Stones” in Berlin, 14 January 2020

  • Posted on: 11 February 2020
  • By: Megalithic Routes
Idstedter Räuberhöhle

On 14.01.2020, the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein presented an exciting evening on the history of the impact of megaliths, the oldest architectural monuments in Europe, at its state representation in Berlin. Under the title "The Voices of Stones", the current state of "Megalithic Research between Science and Fiction" was informed and the high value of megalithic culture for the development of a culture of remembrance was presented. With more than 200 people who accepted the invitation, the organizers' expectations were far exceeded.

Community Schalkholz

Schalkholz Großsteingrab

The village of Schalkholz is a small, rural community with about 600 inhabitants. It is situated 100 km northwest of Hamburg in the district of Dithmarschen, in the north of Germany, about 70 km south of Denmark. The characteristic location on an ice-age push moraine covers the wide lowland plain of the "Schalkholz Ice-Tongue Basin" in a U-shape. This geotope is a noteworthy topographical feature in the diverse natural landscapes of Schleswig-Holstein formed by ice ages.

Altmarkkreis Salzwedel

Altmarkkreis Salzwedel Großsteingrab

The German district Altmarkkreis Salzwedel is located in the heart of Northern Germany. Just about 85,000 people live on 2,300 square kilometres, which results in an exceptionally low population density. Historic Hanseatic towns with medieval-looking town centres as well as dense forests and wide meadows are characterising the landscape. Right in the middle between Berlin and Hamburg, visitors find one of the oldest cultural landscapes in Germany and manifold opportunities for nature experiences and recreation.

Program of the International Conference „Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein“

  • Posted on: 15 November 2019
  • By: Megalithic Routes

The International Conference "Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein" from 3 to 5 December 2019 in Sankelmark/Schleswig-Holstein will be the annual highlight of the European Cultural Routes. Registrations are still possible.

The current program of the international conference "Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein" shows that this event is the annual highlight of the "European Route of Megalithic Culture". With numerous top-class expert contributions by renowned experts from various European countries, all participants will be presented with a multi-faceted picture of the history of Europe's oldest architectural monuments. Numerous examples from current tourism and museum projects make it clear that this topic is one of the most attractive components of future-oriented public relations work on the special value of an intact cultural landscape. The current program can be found here for download.

If you would like to register for participation at short notice, please contact us at

Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein organized international Workcamp

  • Posted on: 8 October 2019
  • By: Megalithic Routes
Internationales Jugendcamp 2019

From 15 to 29 June 2019, an international work camp took place in the open-air museum Steinzeitpark Dithmarschen in Albersdorf/Germany as part of the project "Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein". In two weeks, 9 young people from 6 different countries experienced a varied programme on life in the Stone Age and the history of the country and its people in northern Germany. The final report is available for download (in german).

With Virtual Reality into the Megalithic Tomb

  • Posted on: 28 August 2019
  • By: Megalithic Routes
Virtual Reality

The VR application developed by the Antiquity Commission of Westphalia in cooperation with the M2C Institute of the Bremen University of Applied Sciences makes it possible to virtually immerse oneself in the time of megalithics. With virtual reality glasses, the erratic blocks of a megalithic tomb weighing several tons can be viewed from different perspectives. The original state is reconstructed in a 3D animation visible to the observer. The animations are based on the current scientific research of the Antiquity Commission of Westphalia. Using a smartphone and a so-called cardboard, the VR application can be accessed in 3D or conveniently on a PC - here, however, only in 2D - at:

International Conference "Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein"

  • Posted on: 7 August 2019
  • By: wortel
Megalithgrab Modell

From 3 to 5 December the international conference "Megalithic Routes in Schleswig-Holstein" will take place in Sankelmark/Schleswig-Holstein. The focus will be on the exchange of scientific knowledge between scientists and project leaders from different European countries. Current research results will be presented as well as various aspects of the history of research and reception and of tourism. Further information can be found here.