Ezinge revisited. The ancient roots of a terp settlement: Volume 1: Excavation - Environment and Economy - Catalogue of Plans and Finds

Annet Nieuwhof*

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The excavations at Ezinge between 1923 and 1934 are among the most famous excavations in the history of Dutch archaeology. The excellent preservation of organic remains, especially the impressive remnants of houses from the pre-Roman Iron Age, attracted a great deal of attention even during the excavations. In northwestern European archaeology, Ezinge has for a long time been considered exemplary of a late-prehistoric settlement, and many publications still refer to it. Yet this excavation has never been published in full. Analysis of the wealth of data that the excavations in Ezinge provided was simply too complicated.
The analysis and publication of the excavation results has been resumed in 2011, now with the aid of databases and handmade local pottery as a fine dating instrument. This book, which will be published in two volumes, is written not only to reveal what was hidden in the archives, it also aims at presenting new insights into the habitation history of Ezinge and of terp settlements in general, by combining excavation results with the findings and interpretations of modern research.
This first volumes describes the excavation itself, the salt marsh landscape that formed the natural environment of the terp settlements before embankment was undertaken in the Middle Ages, and the way the inhabitants made a living in this extreme natural environment. A major part of this volume is occupied by a catalogue of excavation plans with the accompanying finds and finds descriptions. Volume 2, which is due in 2021, is devoted to the buildings and the habitation history since the first settlers arrived around 500 BC, and will also describe and discuss what we can learn about ritual practice and social life from the Ezinge findings.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationGroningen
PublisherUniversity of Groningen/Groningen Institute of Archaeology and Barkhuis Publishing
Number of pages318
ISBN (Print)9789493194090
Publication statusPublished - Oct-2020

Publication series

NameGroningen Archaeological Studies


  • Archaeology
  • Excavation
  • Terp (settlement mound) archaeology
  • terp archaeology
  • Iron Age
  • Roman period
  • Early Middle Ages
  • northern Netherlands
  • Ezinge

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