Your visit to the Hunebed Centre begins with a short film which shows you a time when much of the Netherlands was covered by a layer of ice up to 1 kilometre thick. When the ice melted, it left behind thousands of large boulders in the landscape, carried here by the ice from Scandinavia.

Around 5,000 years ago in the New Stone Age the first farmers began to settle here. The film shows how they used the giant boulders, sometimes weighing up to 20 tons, to build the impressive stone tombs known as Hunebeds (passage graves). Archaeologists call these people the Funnel Beaker Culture because they produced pottery of a very distinctive design. Excavations have found the remains of 159 pots in a single tomb, all of which are on display here.

The museum tells the story of how these people lived and how they buried their dead. You will learn about their farms, their tools and the animals they kept. You can see how they built their massive tombs and even walk inside a full-size reconstruction of a hunebed.

Other displays show the hunters and wild animals who roamed this area before the Funnel Beaker people; megalithic Stone Age monuments in other parts of Europe such as Stonehenge in England and Carnac in France; and how similar burial traditions still exist today in cultures in other parts of the world. You can also see how the local landscape has changed since the time of the hunebed builders, right up to the present day.

Digital tour of the Hunebedcentrum

If you’d like to take a look at the Hunebedcentrum, the Stone Age house and the largest hunebed in the Netherlands, click here.



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