"What did people wear in pre-historic times? Brown, jute-like clothing might be what you’re thinking of, but even 3000 years ago we wore bright colours, Dutch scientists discovered.
Based on original textile remains which date around 800 BC, they have reconstructed a dress which must have been worn in the early Iron Age. The garment was bright red and blue, reseach shows. An important discovery.
The textileremains were found in 2011 in a grave in a pre-historic gravesite near Uden. “It was a pretty normal excavation, until we suddenly found a rechtangular ditch”, says archeologist Richard Jansen, who was involved in the discovery.
“After much discussion we chose to work downwards layer by layer. When we came to the lowest level, the silhouette of a body became visible. Extraordinary, because people in those days were almost all cremated, and not buried.”
Next to textileremains they also found some jewellery in the grave with which the person, probably a woman, was buried. Amongst which are three bronze bracelets, two bronze anklets, a set of toiletries with a nailfile and a pair of tweezers.
“It was a lady of high status,” says archeologist Sasja van der Vaart-Verschoof, associated with the Leyden Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden). “Absolutely no one, as far as we know, had this combination of remarkable objects.”
De textileremains make the grave of international significane, according to van der Vaart-Verschoof. “Textile normally never survives in the ground. That we still have it, after 3000 years, is because the textile was wrapped around the bracelets and anklets. The bronze rusted, which works its way into the fabric. That is how it was preserved.”
“What makes it even more extraordinary, is that we can see in which pattern the dress was woven, so which threads were red and which were blue. We can see that they were woven into a very familiar block pattern.”
Yvonne Lammers, archeologist and head of the pre-historic village in Eindhoven, reconstructed the dress with the help of volunteers. “We know quite a lot about the Iron Age, actually: that they were farmers with cropland and animals, that they were selfsufficient in everything. That they wool and linen, that they could spin yarn, which techniques they used for weaving. But this is not a regular, every-day dress, you have to compare it to a Chanel-suit, that’s how much work went into this.”
[In the video embedded in the website you see how van der Vaart-Verschoof and her colleagues discovered that the brown textile remains were actually red-blue blocked and you can see how the researchers reconstructed the dress, by among other things spinning ten kilometers (10km or 6,2 miles) of thread. Video is in Dutch, but worth a watch!]
As far as Lammers is concerned the find is going to have consequences for the way the volunteers in the museum are dressed. “A lot of visitors in our museum have the idea that it was stirring into the brown slush: brown dresses, brown houses, brown pots. If you can show that they absolutely were a very developed people who valued what they looked like, that makes them a very different kind of people.”
De reconstructed dress, the original textileremains, the jewellery and the toiletry set are exhibited until the 16th of January in museum Jan Cunen in Oss."
Source (in Dutch), with a few more pictures and a video where you can see the dress being worn!! Translation by me, sorry for any weird sentences. Tagging @systlin because it seems right up your alley!
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People need to realise this was no normal “flooding”.
The people living in the areas affects, in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, they are all used to high water and occasional floodings when the big rivers rund at a high tide, like the Rhine, the Mose,the Maas etc. This water came pouring from the sky suddenly turned over millions of bathtubs, it rained as much in half an hour as it normally does in half a year.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, around 200 litres of rain fell per square metre last week.
The problem was the small creeks and streams that usually are maybe 1m wide or atm totally dried out because of the heatwaves and droughts in the last years. Those streams grew to 100 times there size in many parts within minutes, breaking out of the river beds and flooding everything in their paths at night.
The other problem was that most of the dams and water reservoirs held a lot of water because everyone was anticipating another bad drought, so lots of water was saved up from this summer. When the torrential rains hit the dams were close to breaking point and it some cases did break.
This is climate change in action.
The disaster has not ended but only moved on to South and East Germany, Switzerland and Austria now.
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So the Dutch government just collapsed
Yeah. That happened. What happened is that the government accused people who got childcare benefits of fraud (using ethnic profiling to boot) and forced them to pay back all the money they had received (aka: an awful lot of money) to pay for daycare. Said "fraud" was actually false accusations or minor things like forgetting to sign a dotted line, things like that, that catapulted many families into debts, poverty. Oh, did I mention this happened like 12 years ago? Yeah, those parents have had to suffer a government witch hunt for more than a decade.
Around Christmas a (big) rapport on this was released and the government decided to resign today.
Let me repeat that: The entire Dutch government has resigned. Every single minister and secretary has quit. This is a big f*king deal.
Gosh, I'm so relieved. This is a huge blow to the VVD (biggest and factually most corrupt party currently in government, also: neoliberals) and a huge relief to anyone affected by this sh*tty excuse for governance.
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Pals, elections will be held in the Netherlands on the 17th of March. And we need your attention.
Cause these are gonna be the most important elections in a very long time. Maybe the most important ever. Contrary to popular belief, because Dutch people love to present themselves as sooo progressive, the Dutch parliament has been dominated by right-wing (extremist) parties for the past decades. Racism is so entrenched in our culture. We literally still have blackface parades throughout the country every single year. We still have colonies in the Caribbean. There are actual nazi's in our parliament. Poverty numbers are rising, homeless numbers are rising, and the covid measures are absolute shit. Our country is like heaven to multinationals because they can evade taxes so easily. The progressive image of our country is total bullshit. Shit has to fucking change. And we have the opportunity to do that.
One of the parties taking part in this election is an outspokenly intersectional anti-racist, anti-capitalist party. It is completely built up of activists. The party is called BIJ1
The candidates for this party are actual activists and revolutionaries.
Most polls are showing them getting a seat in the parliament. We need them there desperately. We need these voices to be heard. BIJ1 is growing every day, and we need to organise and mobilise the left to build resistance against our government. They are powerful, and they are dangerous. So please pay attention, and spread the word about BIJ1. We need your solidarity.
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