Out of averting the inevitable a community was born

March 25, 2020 today. 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 peopleContinue reading “Out of averting the inevitable a community was born”

Shipwrecked people of the salt marshes

Tidal marshlands and Frisians, a dual entity. The Chauci and the Frisians (Frisii) had learned to adapt to this unprotective, hospitable salty environment. A vast area of treelees, tidal marshlands. No rocks, no wood, not much sweet water, and frequently flooded by the sea. But where these tribes nonetheless prospered at the time the civilizedContinue reading “Shipwrecked people of the salt marshes”

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 (Southern Sea) was completed. An area, when it was still land, that was called Creilerwoud (Creil Woods). 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…”

A terp for Choquequirao

Why in heaven’s name should a terp be constructed in the Andes? To be more precise, the location for this terp is at the remote, archaeological Inca site Choquequirao in Peru. The answer to the question is not too difficult. The idea was inspired by the monument at the Tsjitsma terp at the village ofContinue reading “A terp for Choquequirao”

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”

Notre dame of Grou

The ‘First Lady’ of the village of Grou in province Friesland (the Netherlands), also named Grytsje of Grou. Archaeologists found her in January 2018 in the town of Grou (at Halbertsmaplein sq.), and her grave is dated mid-eighth century. She received the title First Lady because until this finding, it was not known people livedContinue reading “Notre dame of Grou”