Friday, July 15, 2011

Rural DK: Windmill, Burial Mound, the Flats

Me and My Son In Our Automobile

1. Windmills.

The wisdom of the windmill. How a windmill works. One kept in good repair lasts centuries. Whoompa. Whoompa. In the old days, the whole family could live inside. To adjust the whoompa, jam in the log brake to stop it. without bisecting yourself, and adjust the fabric covering, or take it off completely.  See more at

2.  Burial Mounds.  

Northern Fyn is flat, and these occasional mounds stand out.  This one is Marhoj, or Marhofte. Translating sounds from one language to another leads to a variety of letters and little consistency. Research all variations.

Its inner chamber has long been emptied; these mounds never held great riches, but someone was always hopeful. See

The marker, we now think, means you can go on the private property and up the gully to inspect closer. We had the page of Danish road signs, see but that one was not on it. You go. We found somebody's website on it later, and the inside looks routine.  Denmark and Sweden: neither go out of their way to direct tourists. People are friendly and helpful, but little budgeting is done to see that the places are noted and visited.

How old?  We vote for 500-1000 CE. Broad range and it gets broader.

We found sites describing these kinds of graves, burial mounds, as Neolithic, Stone Age. Learn some archeology and timelines, and find that Neolithic means 3900-1700 BC in Denmark, and Stone Age is part of that. See  

Those on the oldtiden  site, however, look too old to be like this: they are more like dolmens, upright stones with a capstone, or barrow graves with entryways.  Nut not as big as these mounds. 
 Keep looking: This one also says that Marton is Stone Age, however. See 

Our amateur vote goes with Viking era for these, 800-1050 CE or so; or at least not before 500CE. Still looking.

3.  Wind blows free

Rural areas enjoy good roads, one lane or two. Slow up, pull over, room for both.

Marguerite Route.  

You can always take the prefab Marguerite Route in Denmark, to see all the foreordained sites, see  Or use it as a sequencing device, if you do not have the time to see every inch of Denmark.   The full map is at  We rambled instead.

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