LifeinourVan Ed-Ventures | Discovering the history behind the Neanderthals
Roadschooling our children across Europe has allowed us to seek out plenty of new travel/education or adventure opportunities across Europe over the past two years. Hence the phrase ‘Ed-Ventures‘! So where better to find another ed-venture than learning about the Neanderthals in the Neander Valley near Dusseldorf
Were they responsible for the burial mounds, barrows, stone circles and alignments across Europe (including Stonehenge, England or Carnac in France)
In 1856, here in the Neander Valley, quarry workers discovered the bones of an Ice Age human – and so the story of the Neanderthals arrived. Today, the legend of the Neanderthals is well known but even so, it’s a great opportunity to grab some road schooling on just how they were discovered, what they may have faced at the time and how our current society differed from Neandatholic everyday life…
Every Ed-Venture should have Something special
Not only does it cover history, it also cleverly weaves in religion, social and cultural differences between the Neanderthals and the modern day.. (even dressing a Neanderthal in a suit to prove a point…)
Put simply, it’s just a great way to learn about the crucial ‘building block’ in both mankind and European history….
so where did we park the bus for the night?
There are plenty of options close to Dusseldorf. We settled for Camping Unterbacher See, but those who love a good city aire/stellplatz should head for the parking overnight option beside Dussledorf’s picturesque pedestrianised area overlooking the Rhine (GPS Latitude 51° 14′ 3″ N, Longitude 6° 46′ 16″ E). Others might opt for the other side of the river, and the Rheincamping Meerbusch site…. the choice is yours. Enjoy!