Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 39
Excavations at Geleen-Janskamerveld 1990/1991
- Pieter van de Velde
- 01 January 2007
- Excavations at Geleen-Janskamperveld 1990/1991
- Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia 39 Leiden University Repository
In the summer of 1991, the Dutch media featured extensively the excavation of an early Bandkeramik (LBK) village in Geleen, Limburg. The headlines in the newspapers read: “7000 years old farmers village”, “Oldest village of the Netherlands discovered in Geleen”, “Old farm village excavated”, etc. The discovery was mentioned in the news programmes on all Dutch TV channels. The Dutch radio called the site the oldest “Brandkeramische” (instead of “Bandkeramische”) site of the Netherlands (brand means fire…). Not only the Dutch press was interested, even German and Belgian newspapers wrote about “The Earliest Dutch Village”. What was the case? The University of Leiden was excavating an almost complete prehistoric village once inhabited by the very first farmers in this part of Europe. If it was not the first village of the Netherlands, then it was at least one of a series of early villages.