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Translated title of the contribution: Crop growing on the salt marsh

Mans Schepers, Christian Smit, J.F. Scheepens

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This contribution focuses on arable farming in the terps region. It starts with an overview of thoughts and ideas about farming here in a diachronic perspective, showing how an emphasis on the potential difficulties surrounding arable farming on the salt marsh has traditionally led us to underestimate the relative importance of arable farming in the economy. We then proceed to present some results of a crop-growing experiment that took place on the marshes in 2016-2018. The results indicated that soil salinity did indeed play a major role, but that growing crops on the marsh can be very successful. The terps must have supported a true mixed-farming economy, albeit with substantial variation across time and location.
Translated title of the contributionCrop growing on the salt marsh
Original languageDutch
Title of host publicationVan Drenthe tot aan ’t Wad. Over landschap, archeologie en geschiedenis van Noord-Nederland
Subtitle of host publicationEssays ter ere van Egge Knol
EditorsAnnet Nieuwhof, Albert Buursma
Place of PublicationGroningen
PublisherVereniging voor Terpenonderzoek
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9789082969146
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Publication series

NameJaarverslagen van de Vereniging voor Terpenonderzoek
PublisherVereniging voor Terpenonderzoek
ISSN (Print)0920-2587


  • salt marsh
  • arable farming
  • experimental archaeology
  • historical ecology

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