Stendysse (Dolmen)

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What's a dolmen? A burial chamber from Neolithic times (4000 - 3000 BC).

How was it built? With large, upright stones and a cap (table) stone. The deceased's remains (body or bones) were placed inside the chamber. The structure was covered with soil and then small stones. The completed mound is a "barrow".

Later, the reason for the barrow was forgotten. The small stones were removed for building material. The soil covering eroded and the cap and support stones––the dolmen––was exposed.

Where can I see a dolmen? See replicas at our Museum and at the Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver. See the originals throughout Europe, especially in Denmark.

When you visit:

  • Find: What's inside our dolmen––if you dare!
  • Stump our Guide: Why are some dolmen barrows ringed with stones?
  • Solve the Mystery: How were the big stones moved into position 5000 years ago?
  • In our Gift Shop: Danish amber jewelry, treasured since Neolithic times

Museum Hours: Open May 8th until September 7th. Thursday through Monday: 10:00am - 5:30pm. Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Year round on Fridays: 10.00 - 4.00 pm

How To Get Here: Take Hwy 54 West of Innisfail, AB - Turn South (left) on Range Road 31 in Spruce View - Straight through the 4 way stop in Dickson, AB. 0.8km south on the right.

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