Out of averting the inevitable a community was born

March 25, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is climbing towards its second peak. Uncertainty of how destructive the pandemic is going to be in the long run. How many family members and loved ones will it take? A phenomenon of chaos and destruction that confronts us with the limitations of an engineered world. Some people exclaimContinue reading “Out of averting the inevitable a community was born”

Atlantis found! Wait, there is another one, or 7, wait 12 in total… No, 19!

Atlantis found! Wait, there is another one, or 7, wait 12 in total… No, 19! Frisia could easily claim the title: land of Atlantis. 19 inhabited islands and 244 villages drowned along the old Frisian coast trail in the past 1,500 years. We bet there are more out there… Atlantis emerged in the writings ofContinue reading “Atlantis found! Wait, there is another one, or 7, wait 12 in total… No, 19!”

The United Frisian Emirates and Black Peat

In this blog post we will explain that the United Arab Emirates might as well be named the United Frisian Emirates. Of course, there are some differences. The Emirate Arabs have camels and goats. The Frisians have cows and sheep. It is hot and dry, instead of wet and cold. And the sea they liveContinue reading “The United Frisian Emirates and Black Peat”

One of history’s enlightening hikes, that of Bernlef

No, this blog post is not about the Westfrisian writer Hendrik Jan Marsman (1937-2012) whose pen-name was Bernlef. Nor is this blog post about the student corporation Bernlef in the city of Groningen in the Netherlands. This is all about the original: the bard and harp player Bernlef who lived somewhere between 760 and 840.Continue reading “One of history’s enlightening hikes, that of Bernlef”

Beacons of Nordfriesland

Nordfriesland, or North Frisia. The western coast and islands of the region Schleswig. Stretching from the Danish town Tønder in the north to the river Eider in the south. A broad strip of land by the sea with all islands in between. It is here where a specific celebration of bonfires takes place every year.Continue reading “Beacons of Nordfriesland”

Refuge on a terp 2.0, waiting to be liberated

August 21, 1930, Wieringermeer. The reclamation of another piece of the Zuyderzee ‘South Sea’ was completed. An area, when it was still land, that was called Creil Woods (Creilerwoud). Land lost to the sea eight centuries ago, during the most destructive All Saints’ Flood in 1170. The reclaimed land -or polder– now being named WieringermeerContinue reading “Refuge on a terp 2.0, waiting to be liberated”

Half a million deaths. A forgotten North Sea disaster…

Did you know that between 328,770 and 502,190 people lost their lives around the North Sea? On the flip side: millions of possible casualties have been prevented succesfully. For now at least… Half a million casualties is a lot. How could we forget about such a huge number? Did nobody notice? Did nobody mention? ItContinue reading “Half a million deaths. A forgotten North Sea disaster…”

How a town drowned overnight

Rungholt, a thriving and wealthy town, disappeared overnight in the year 1362. For seven centuries only legends told us about what happened to Rungholt: a town submerged in the sea as a punishment of God. According to medieval legends you could still hear the sound of its bell tower rising from the depth of theContinue reading “How a town drowned overnight”

Manual Making a Terp in 12 Steps

This is your DIY manual for enlarging or creating your own terp. Your artificial settlement mound or platform. Despite terps are being made for more than 2,600 years, this manual is the first of its kind. We sincerely hope it is not too little too late, now that terp-building is on the rise again andContinue reading “Manual Making a Terp in 12 Steps”