Neanderthal not the oldest Netherlanders

The Neanderthal may not be the oldest Netherlanders according to a recent discovery.

People may well have been roaming the land we now call the Netherlands for far longer than was assumed until recently. There is evidence to suggest that the country was home to the forebears of the Neanderthals. Amateur archaeologist Pieter Stoel found materials used by the oldest inhabitants in the central town of Woerden. These artefacts were shown to be at least 370,000 years old, which takes us back to long before the time of the Neanderthals.

Dutch Scientists at the TNO research institute have identified flint tools found on Dutch soil dating back 370,000 years, the Telegraaf quotes popular science magazine NWT as saying.

Follow-up research is needed to show whether the artefacts actually come from the layers at the bottom of the pit or whether they were shifted by the dredging work. A layer by layer study is now being carried out to see which artefacts are located where.

Pieter Stoel’s discovery may end up rewriting history. Until now, the assumption was that the ancestors of the Dutch walked from France to England and only arrived in the Netherlands at a later date. But the archaeologist now thinks the opposite might be just as plausible.

homo sapiens- ultimately originate from Africa.

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