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Conan the Barbarian is the ultimate primeval man

Conan de Barbaar. Bloed druipt van zijn zwaard.

Conan the Barbarian is a striking appearance in a unique context. Even if you don't like the stories, you might find his background fascinating. Read about his universe, its literary significance and the man who conceived it; Robert E. Howard. You get the links to his stories for free! The character…

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31 Ink Drawings in 31 Days. The result of inktober 2021

Day 18: Moon

October is traditionally the month to make ink drawings. That is why a series of ink drawings of dolmens appeared on this site that month in 2020. For 2021 I followed the prompts of the organization that hides behind all that drawing with ink in October. These are on the Inktober site. This yielded surprising results, especially…

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Migration in prehistory. The journey of our genes

Migratie in de prehistorie; de reis van ons DNA

Migration is as old as humanity. In that respect, little has changed since prehistoric times. But only recently have we learned the finer things about it. Because until a few decades ago, just about all knowledge on our ancestors was limited to what we could deduce from the discovery of stones and bones. More …

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primeval mothers. Their enormous importance for our social development

Oermoeder

Primal mothers and hunters. The classic story is that humans work so well together because it helps them hunt big game. One individual does not catch a mammoth. This requires a group, coordination, consultation and teamwork. Without cooperation there is no meat and that is why people have learned to coordinate with each other…

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Language in prehistory. The origins of language explained

Taal in de prehistorie.

Language originated somewhere in prehistoric times. But how? The Swede Sverker Johansson wrote a book about this simple question. His answers are complex, but also interesting. Because when does language exist? Is that as soon as a Neanderthal drops a rock on his foot and says "Ouch!"? Or is there more to it? something like that…

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Dolmen art. One prehistoric monument, multiple interpretations

Hunebed D6 Tynaarlo, een detail van een schilderij

Dolmen art is rare. But whoever seeks will find! Not just on this website. For example, there were several paintings with dolmens in the exhibition Barbizon of the North. There was much to enjoy. This is thanks to the enormous skill of the makers and the beauty of the depicted objects. After all, a dolmen is a beautiful…

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Flint mines Valkenburg. 6000 years ago into the dark depths

Werken in de vuursteenmijnen Valkenburg

The Flint mines in Valkenburg provide a unique free glimpse into the lives of our distant ancestors. But what are we actually looking at? Long before the introduction of the famous local pies, a sea swirls above Limburg. Over the course of sixty-five million years, this produces a thick layer of limestone…

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The Java man. A prehistoric sensation a hundred years ago. Is it still?

Javamens of homo erectus

It happened in 1891 and 1892. The Dutchman Eugène Dubois (1858-1940) found human remains on Java at a bend of the Solo River. These shook the academic world to its foundations. Pithecanthropus erectus was the name Dubois gave to the new human species. Others spoke of the Java man. Scientists were divided by this. Why ...

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The Dutch Primeval forest. Where did it come from and how did it disappear?

Oerbos (digitale kunst)

There is no primeval forest in the Netherlands. You will no longer find untouched old nature in our country. It's all gone. Even the Veluwe, the Biesbosch and the Utrechtse Heuvelrug are relative newcomers that arose long after human intervention. You can read below how that is possible ...

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Our inner ape. Frans de Waal on similarities between ape and man

De aap in ons (fragment coverfoto)

Who has never looked at primates in the zoo and therefore actually looked at the monkey in us? Primates come in two types: Prosimians and apes. The latter group includes chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, and gibbons. And people. Biologist, primatologist and psychologist Frans de Waal provides insight into how much all these great apes resemble each other.…

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Art and prehistory. From Neanderthal to Picasso

It is not always easy to determine what prehistoric art is. The difficulty lies in the meanings of the words "prehistory" and "art." They are far from unambiguous. What is "prehistoric" and what is "art"? Below you can read an attempt to answer these questions ...

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The Cro-Magnon Man. Maker of ancient cave art

Cro-Magnon in cave

Do you know why the term Cro-Magnon man appears mainly in older books? Until recently, I only had a faint suspicion. All I knew was that this distant ancestor was some sort of Neanderthal successor. The difference with modern humans – homo sapiens sapiens – was not clear to me. Now I know …

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Vlaardingencultuur. Vroege bewoners van zuid-holland

Waarschijnlijk denk je niet gelijk aan Zuid-Holland als het over de Nederlandse prehistorie gaat. Toch kan je daar mooie resten uit de oertijd tegenkomen. Alleen al rond Rotterdam bevinden zich meerdere interessante sites. Het mammoetstrand op de Maasvlakte bijvoorbeeld. En als je naar Museum Vlaardingen gaat kom je ook super interessante objecten uit de steentijd…

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Barbizon van het Noorden. schilderkunst uit drenthe over drenthe

Schilderij met hunebed

Drenthe inspireert. Jozef Israëls, Hendrik Willem Mesdag en Vincent van Gogh kunnen daarover meepraten. Het Drents Museum zet in samenwerking met Het Drentse Landschap de artistieke verrichtingen op een rijtje in de tentoonstelling Barbizon van het noorden. Het onderwerp is de ontdekking van het Drentse landschap van 1850 tot 1950. Het beste nieuws: Er zijn…

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Drentse hunebedden: Wat, waar, wie, waarom en hoe?

De Drentse Hunebedden zijn imagobepalend voor de provincie. Iedere Nederlander kent ze. De historische context is daarentegen minder bekend. Lees hieronder wie ze bouwde en waarom. Als je daarna nieuwsgierig genoeg bent om een echt Drents hunebed te gaan bezoeken, kan je ook nog een paar tips lezen.  Wat zijn hunebedden?  Er zijn veel definities…

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Aardlagen in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen. Tot drie miljoen jaar terug in de tijd.

Artistieke interpretatie van aardlagen

Aardlagen fascineren. In een blik zie je duizenden jaren. Dat kan zelfs in Nederland. Lees hier een overzichtelijke toelichting op het wat, hoe en waar van de geologische lagen op een speciaal plekje in Zeeuws-Vlaanderen.  In ons vlakke land sta je er amper bij stil dat ons aardoppervlak slechts het bovenste laagje is van een…

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