Leeuwarden-Bullepolder 2015: bewoning op het hoogveen in de Midden-IJzertijd

Translated title of the contribution: Leeuwarden-Bullepolder 2015: habitation on a peat bog in the Middle Iron Age

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In the summer of 2015, the GIA excavated
the remains of a terp (dwelling mound) in
the Bullepolder (Leeuwarden, province of
Friesland). During an earlier excavation in
2001 and 2002, archaeologists had found
traces of peat extraction in a clay-on-peat
landscape dating back to the Late Iron Age, and
it became clear that the terp had been raised
in the Roman Period. The recent excavation
confirmed the site’s occupation during the
Roman Period, but also brought to light remains
of an earlier habitation phase dating back to
the Middle Iron Age, when the area still was
part of a raised bog. This is an important result,
because until now it was generally assumed that
in the northern Netherlands the earliest peat
reclamations started in the Late Iron Age.
Translated title of the contributionLeeuwarden-Bullepolder 2015: habitation on a peat bog in the Middle Iron Age
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)41-47
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 9-Dec-2016


  • Terp (settlement mound) archaeology
  • peat reclamation

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