The majority of the Netherlands is flat as a pancake, as it is primarily the delta of the Rhine. However, contributing to the flatness was the ice age glaciation of some 180,000 years ago. Just like at home, this left some rocks (more precisely, glacial erratics) scattered around. But you never see rocks here.
About 4,000 BC, and for about 2,000 years, the area was populated by stone age tribes. Over their time there, they were moving from being hunting/gatherers to existing as stationary farmers. They didn't leave much behind, but they did leave megaliths. A great example of a megalith is Stonehenge. A megalith is a really big thing built out of really big stones.
The folks here built something the locals call "hunnebeden." What they were isn't really clear; they could have been houses, but they were probably burial tombs. What they really are is amazing, because they are made of 20,000 pound glacial erratic rocks carefully balanced on one another.
|Note KC crouching to take a picture|
And there is not just one of these things, but 54 of them (explaining why all the rocks are gone), and we got to see about 12 of them while bicycling around the area.
|Only a small shelter now|
|See the "elephant rock"? Me neither until someone pointed it out|
|A very nice, very helpful, but strange old codger|
|This is 2 of 5 in the grouping|
|Remember, the top one weights several tons|
|Stone axe heads|
|Reassembled pottery from the "Funnel Beaker Culture"|
|Straight, smooth, flat and paved|
|A hiking/riding trail. Arrow straight, like many|
|A very peaceful little lake just off the highway|
|The boys are chasing the girl (as always)|
Tomorrow: Middelburg and the dams that keep the sea out of the land.