Deutschland-Nederland Trechterbekercultuur in de NL-D grensstreek

Funnel cups bring Europe closer to citizens

The consortium consisting of the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland, the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe (LWL) and the University of Groningen (RUG) wants to improve cross-border cooperation in the field of shared cultural heritage and use this to raise awareness among citizens and the public of the common culture and identity in the border region. The Funnel Beaker Culture (FBC, 4000-2700 BC) lends itself pre-eminently as a model theme for this. Prominent manifestations include the characteristic Funnel Beakers and the well-known Hunebedden. The region formed by the provinces of Overijssel, Gelderland and the LWL is now characterised as a border region, but was also located at the border of the FBC distribution area at the time. Some 500 sites of the Funnel Beaker Culture have been preserved here, and these represent great archaeological, cultural-historical, educational and touristic value for a variety of audiences. This has so far not been exploited because cross-border cooperation around knowledge sharing, public information and cultural heritage management is lacking. The aim of this project is to shape and perpetuate cross-border cooperation around FBC and thereby make citizens part of this shared heritage.    

To achieve this goal, this project provides for:
A common scientific knowledge infrastructure (database);
A set of channels, publications and events aimed at disseminating knowledge and involving the general public (book, travelling exhibition, event);
Learning from and about each other’s practices regarding heritage management and cultural policy and improving the cooperation process;
A common action perspective that will ensure continuity after the project’s conclusion (cooperation manual).


Planned project costs

576.403,53 €

Project Duration

1.10.2023 - 30.9.2026


A Europe closer to the citizens in the border area

Lead Partner

Provincie Overijssel regionaal

Project partners

Provincie Gelderland regionaal, Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Provincie Drenthe, Ostfriesische Landschaft, Niedersächsisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege Regionalreferat Oldenburg, Het Oversticht, Provincie Groningen,


Financer Amount
EFRE / EFRO 290.415,81 €
Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe 49.990,63 €
MWIKE NRW 62.231,96 €
Provincie Gelderland 8.026,37 €
Provincie Gelderland regionaal 16.484,97 €
Provincie Groningen 14.161,60 €
Provincie Overijssel 40.043,97 €
Provincie Overijssel regionaal 65.962,44 €
Rijksuniversiteit Groningen 29.085,78 €