From sherds to settlement patterns – new insights into the habitation history of the coastal area of the northern Netherlands during the Merovingian and Carolingian periods (AD 400-900) based on field surveys and older collections research

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In this contribution, settlement patterns in the coastal area of the northern Netherlands during the Merovingian and Carolingian periods are discussed. The first maps showing the distribution of Merovingian and Carolingian wheel-thrown pottery in the research area were published by E. KNOL (1993). Based on these finds and his inventory of possible and certainly inhabited sites, Knol reconstructed settlement patterns and discussed the general habitation history during the early Middle Ages. Knol‘s pottery data were supplemented by new data regarding the distribution of hand-formed and wheel-thrown pottery
dating from the Merovingian period and wheel-thrown pottery from the Carolingian period. The new data was collected during field research, at the Northern Archaeological Depot and through literature review. Focusing in more detail on three geographical levels provided new insights into the habitation history. In this research, systematic field surveys proved to be a strong tool.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-189
Number of pages75
JournalSiedlungs- und Kustenforschung im sudlichen Nordseegebied
Volume46
Publication statusPublished - 2023

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