Index Dutch Bronze Age
Index first farmers in the Netherlands

About the author and the website

Our prehistoric ancestors knew various techniques to survive and to make life easier. Sometimes re-enactment groups try to re-discover those techniques and show them to the public, attempting in giving a real impression about life in that period. In my opinion everyone has to realise that these are only attempts and spectators should be informed about that. Most of us lack the skills that our prehistoric ancestors had. Just visit a museum, and keep in mind that all artifacts -except for the imitations of course- were made using prehistoric tools and knowledge.

Please also note the following:

  • If you like to give advices about contents of these pages, don't hesitate to send an e-mail.
  • Updates of these pages are very rare, which may in some cases cause outdated information.
  • The internet is mostly very commercial. These pages are free and will remain so. I apologise for the popups and advertisements. They are a necessary evil to keep the information on this website free of charge.
  • You may use photos and information free of charge, without the necessity to request me for permission.
    Please keep in mind that the provider has some way to secure the graphics against third party web page linking.
  • If you have used pages that contain a reference to literature or other web pages as sources, then please include the literature and web pages sources as well, and please check if the information is still correct.
  • Some people may think that I am working in, or related to, a museum or university. That is not the case. All information is based upon personal experiences, personal research and already published information.
    If I am anything, then I am/was an amateur archaeologist/re-enacter, with the emphasis on "amateur".
  • If you want to contact the scientific community, please contact your local university or museum; they may be able to help you out.
  • Some people try to sell archaeological artifacts. I am not interested. If you find anything, then contact your local university or museum; they may be able to advice you what to do with it. Especially the exact location where it is found may be extremely important.
    Of course you could keep the artifact to yourself. In that case, please consider that the smallest object may possibly be of the greatest importance about the knowledge of our past.
  • If you happen to find archaeological artifacts by accident, then please don't excavate it, but keep it in its place and contact your local university or museum. They are able to contact professionals that can excavate it and who do need to know the exact finding spot.
  • If you are the webmaster of a prehistory-related website and want to copy all information to your website, please feel free to do so.
    I am willing and able to FTP the zipped information (about 40 Mb) to your website.
  • If you are planning to reconstruct archaeological artifacts, then please make sure that they contain a permanent mark that prove their modern origin. This prevents wasted time by specialists who come across such an item. Also make sure that you record the circumstances of the reconstruction if the process is of great importance. This ensures a scientific method which may others want to repeat.
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Forging iron
Forging iron   Reconstructing a pot