Hilversum culture

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Urn of the Hilversum-Drakenstein tradition, about 1000 B.C., Neerharen-Rekem (B) Gallo-roman museum, Tongres

The Hilversum culture is a prehistoric material culture found in middle Bronze Age in the region of the southern Netherlands and northern Belgium. It has been associated with the Wessex culture from the same period in southern England,[citation needed] and is one of the material cultures of this part of northwestern continental Europe which has been proposed to have had a "Nordwestblock" language which was Indo-European, but neither Germanic nor Celtic.[citation needed]

The culture was bordered to its northeast by the Elp culture, to which it may have been related, and to its north by the Hoogkarspel culture.

The concept of a distinct Hilversum culture started to develop in 1950, with the excavation of grave mounds near the hamlet of Toterfout (nl) and the nearby forest of Halve Mijl. An urn found there, initially classified as being of the Deverel–Rimbury type, was found to be older than was expected: radiocarbon dating pointed to 3450 BP (1770 +/-250 cal BC). This led archeologist Willem Glasbergen (nl) to propose a new classification, the Hilversum type, and the conclusion that later continental Deverel pottery would have "devolved" from this type.[1]:24–26


  1. ^ Theunissen, Liesebeth (2008). Midden-bronstijdsamenlevingen in het zuiden van de Lage Landen: Een evaluatie van het begrip Hilversum-cultuur. Sidestone Press.