The oldest prehistory in the Netherlands

Because the Netherlands lie at the mouth of large rivers, much prehistoric material is located under a thick layer of sludge. Or under the sea, because the coastline was very different in the past than it is today. Still, wonderful finds are coming to the surface. Not only thanks to the efforts of divers, but also through land reclamation. For example, with the expansion of the port of Rotterdam. Sand from the seabed is now on the beach there. If you look well, you can find beautiful fossils of extinct animals. Further inland, towards the east, more soil finds like stone tools and fossils emerge.

The prehistory in the Dutch landscape

In some places, prehistoric traces are still visible on the surface of the Netherlands. The small hills, visible from east to west, for example. These came into being when a huge mass of ice shoved into the country, pushing sand forward and carrying boulders from Scandinavia. Who now walks through areas such as Het Gooi or De Veluwe can look at the sand accumulations that then arose. And to the burial mounds and dolmens that the first farmers made in the period after the Ice Age.

The most recent prehistory of the Netherlands

When I create my artworks, I am mainly inspired by the Neolithic. That is the period of the first settlements and the Dutch dolmens. I love to reinterpret the shapes, preferably with surprising colors or paint strokes. Sometimes I even dare to add a distant ancestor in schematic form. Below you can see how I do that.

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