Long dolmen King Humbles Grave

The most well-known of Langelands large stone tomb. 55 meters long and 8 meters wide with 77 curb stones.

Langeland's most famous and in the opinion of many the most beautiful ancient monument is the long dolmen with the mythical name Kong Humble's grav (King Humble's Tomb). About 50 meters long and 8 meters wide, it is located in an open, cultivated landscape - on the hill opposite of the Humble Church. 400 meters and 5,000 years separate the two religious edifices.

An almost complete row of curb stones contributes to the monumental appearance of the ancient monument. The long dolmen has - somewhat unusual for such a large site - only one chamber. But the chamber's large vaulted deck also gives the chamber a monumental expression.

It is said from the registration in 1875 that by digging a little 'up to the bottom of the chamber… some remains of human bones were found'. However, the dolmen was already examined at the beginning of the 18th century at the instigation of county bailiff Niels Hansen to Skovsbo. The startling find, "a row of bones of a giant," turned out to be more prosaically derived from a cow.

That the long dolmen is today so well preserved, we have, among others, Langelands Museum's founder, Jens Winther, to thank for. Stonemasons had drilled blasting holes in the curbs stones, but the destruction was stopped by the merchant and museum founder from Rudkøbing. The long dolmen was registered in 1910 through an agreement with farm owner P. Chr. Jørgensen.

 (Source: "Fortidsminder på Langeland", Langelands Museum)