Creating a home. Ritual practice in a terp settlement in the northern Netherlands

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The terp region of the northern Netherlands is an area with excellent preservation conditions, which make this a suitable area for the study of the remains of ritual practice in the past. One of the most extensively excavated terps is the terp settlement of Ezinge, which has its origins around 500 BC. An inventory of find assemblages that can be interpreted as ritual deposits, resulted in the identification of 142 deposits from the Iron Age alone, many of which are associated with houses. This contribution is concerned with the deposits associated with the life-cycle of houses or performed during inhabitation for the benefit of the inhabitants. Several of these deposits include human remains, either inhumation burials or single, sometimes modified human bones. It is argued that these ritual practices were concerned with the identity, prosperity and continuity of the household, and that the house can be considered a representation of the household.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationObjekt • Depot • Motiv Kontext und Deutung von Objektniederlegungen im eisenzeitlichen Mitteleuropa
Subtitle of host publicationBeiträge zur Jahressitzung der AG Eisenzeit bei der gemeinsamen Tagung des WSVA sowie des MOVA vom 19.–22. März 2018 in Halle/Saale
EditorsHolger Wendling, Melanie Augstein, Janine Fries-Knoblach, Steeve Gentner, Margarethe Kirchmayr, Maria Kohle, Katrin Ludwig, Robert Schumann, Julian Wiethold
Place of PublicationLangenweissbach
PublisherBeier & Beran
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)978-3-95741-129-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAG Eisenzeit 2018: Objekt - Depot - Motiv - Martin-Luther-Universität, Halle (Saale), Germany
Duration: 19-Mar-201821-Mar-2018

Publication series

NameBeiträge zur Ur- und Frühgeschichte Mitteleuropas


ConferenceAG Eisenzeit 2018: Objekt - Depot - Motiv
CityHalle (Saale)


  • Ritual practice
  • Northern Netherlands
  • Arcahaeology
  • Iron Age
  • Settlement archaeology

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