A hunebed or passage grave is a megalithic tomb from the Neolithic (New Stone Age). Hunebedden were erected by people from the Funnel Beaker Culture (Dutch: Trechterbekercultuur), a Neolithic culture in Northern Europe from about 4350 to 2800/2700 BC. The hunebedden are over 5000 years old…how amazing is that? Since there are no mountains in the Netherlands, the cairns used to construct these passage graves had to come from somewhere. Most likely these cairns ended up in the Netherlands when the ice pushed down during the last Ice Age. There are also passage graves in Ireland, Denmark and Germany.
Sadly, some people find it entertaining to graffiti these final resting places of essentially our ancestors or climb on them! Personally, I find that offensive. I mean, you don’t dance on someone’s grave, right? Unless one refers to the figure of speech.
I studied archaeology at uni and I specialised in European prehistory. It was fascinating to learn about prehistoric people that lived in what is now the Netherlands. I loved it so much and those four years at uni flew by. I took these photos during a field trip to the hunebedden. To see examples of material culture from past times with my own eyes was amazing.
To me, the hunebedden are fascinating remains of people that came before us. Who saw a world vastly different to our own. Who helped shape the culture of the country I live in. And for that, I’m in awe.