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New exhibition in the Hunebed Centre

  • Posted on: 6 February 2019
  • By: Megalithic Routes
Expositie Akker

Come and see the exciting new exhibition in the Hunebed Centre!

Since 18th of January the new exhibition in the Hunebed Centre in Borger/NL is open. After more than a year of hard work, the Hunebed Centre in Borger has now a completely new permanent exhibition about the hunebed builders and the tombs they built around 5,000 years ago. The previous exhibition has replaced by a more open display which makes greater use of visual images and new technology.

Harrie Wolters, director of the Hunebed Centre, explains: “The new exhibition enables us to tell the story of the hunebed builders in a new way, incorporating the most recent archaeological findings. Investing in new technology such as digital games and quizzes makes the museum more interactive and enables visitors to share in the experience for themselves.

Inside the museum visitors stand face to face with the people of the Funnel Beaker Culture who lives here around 5,000 years ago. Their daily existence is brought to life through dioramas of typical scenes and displays of pottery and other artefacts found inside their ancient tombs. Visitors can even walk inside a reconstruction of a hunebed, and the whole exhibition is surrounded by a panoramic photo wall. Interactive games and quizzes test visitor´s knowledge and reveal more facts about the prehistoric people. Younger visitors can build their own hunebed.

#RouteSelfie campaign

  • Posted on: 12 June 2015
  • By: Megalithic Routes

At the occasion of the Summer Seminar of the Cultural Routes which took place from 1st to 5th June 2015 in Osnabrück, Germany, the European Institute of Cultural Routes presented its new communication campaign on social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest): #RouteSelfie.
The Institute, through the Hector Project, brings out a new action in order to improve the promotion of European Cultural Heritage among the general public. After Crossing Routes and its bloggers’ network in 2014, the Institute would like to offer a new communication tool to the Cultural routes by using social Media. This new communication campaign, “#RouteSelfie”, will last from June to 1st September 2015 and will be officially launch on Wednesday 10th June 2015.
The campaign’s principle is to invite travellers, tourists, bloggers, to discover Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe and to share their touristic and cultural experience through Selfies posted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. All publications related to the campaign on social Media will be identifying by the hashtag #RouteSelfie.

The aims of the campaign are numerous:
• Identify the public and attract more visitors and different targets on Council of Europe Cultural Routes;
• Promote European Heritages especially those includes in Cultural Routes;
• Improve communication with general public about activities developed by Cultural Routes Networks;
• Create a community of travellers and visitors from the whole world who could share impressions, discoveries and experiences about European Cultural Routes;
• Bring European Citizens together around their common Heritage.

Hein Klompmaker New Chair of Megalithic Routes

  • Posted on: 4 March 2015
  • By: Megalithic Routes

Borger – last week, the European Network ‘Megalithic Routes’ visited the Hunebedcentrum (NL) for a meeting. At the Annual General Meeting, Hein Klompmaker, director of the Hunebedcentrum at Borger was elected Chair.

It will be his task to move the organisation a step further and see to it more European countries will connect with the network. Megalithic monuments, meaning monuments built in prehistory from large stones, are known from most European countries. Locally in Drenthe (NL) they are known as „hunebedden“. Several years ago, partners from Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands joined in a new organisation, ‘Megalithic Routes’. Their goal ist o connect the many prehistoric constructions made with large stones by means of routes, information, museums, knowledge and education.

Geopark de Hondsrug


The Hondsrug region is a unique Ice Age landscape in the Netherlands. The Hondsrug region was formed at the end of the penultimate Ice Age, about 150,000 years ago. Ridges, each about 70km long, are still visible in the landscape. They were scoured out by moving ice mass combined with large volumes of melt-water. The hunebed builders were very grateful for these higher areas in the landscape and made good use of them. They lived and worked there, built their burial monuments (the hunebeds) on them and laid out the first routes across them. The subsequent development of this region was based on these ancient routes that mark a history of 5500 years.

Hunebeds in Drenthe, The Netherlands


The Province of Drenthe is a unique part of the Netherlands. Nowhere else in the country have so many visible and invisible archaeological discoveries been made, and nowhere else are so many monumental remains preserved in the landscape. The most remarkable monuments are the hunebeds. They are burial monuments made of enormous boulders that were built by the Funnel Beaker People who lived here between 3400 and 2850 BC. These people were so named by archaeologists because the pottery they made had the shape of a funnel.

Cycling Event

  • Posted on: 5 February 2015
  • By: Megalithic Routes

In april 2014 Museum Southeast Denmark will launch a bicycle tour of megaliths on west møn. The route will focus on small roads and large megaliths. Together with a nature guide, this archaeological tour will focus on the megalithic culture in one of the most important neolithic areas in Denmark. 



Lying on the Hondsrug in Borger, in the North of the Netherlands, the Hunebedcentrum takes you back to prehistoric times and shows you the lives of the first farmers in Drenthe. They constructed impressive monumental tombs and the remains of 54 of them can still be seen, the largest one standing right next to the centre. More than 5,000 years ago a peasant tribe erected impressive tombs, which have remained untouched for thousands of years from the ravages of time. These tombs can still be viewed up till today. A hunebed brings you face to face with prehistory.

International “Night of Myths and Legends”

  • Posted on: 5 February 2015
  • By: Megalithic Routes

In every country and at many sites, megalithic tombs are given different names which recall countless tales and legends. On the eve of 21 September 2013, the autumnal equinox, these mysterious stories will come to life again during the “Night of Myths and Legends”. All events will take place at the same time in many European locations. At the sites where the megalithic culture has left particularly impressive monuments, the aim is to let these amazing “big stones” speak to us in an unusual way through special scenic presentations.

Visitors of all ages are invited to undertake an exciting journey to the world of the Neolithic Age. Admission to all events is free.