People have lived in the North for thousands of years
The coastal regions of the Northern Netherlands have been inhabited for thousands of years, with people living on dwelling mounds (terps), sometimes surrounded by water. In the north of the province of Groningen archeologists found remnants of a very old settlement, and they hope these findings will improve their knowledge of this very early period in Dutch history, reports the GIC.
During work on the construction of a high-voltage cable between Eemshaven and Vierverlaten, employees of network operator Tennet found evidence of a 2100-year-old settlement. Remnants found include pottery shards, and a horse skull. Archaeologists in Het Hogeland are now further investigating the indigenous settlement. The exact location of the find has not been disclosed.
The materials found have been temporarily stored in the Northern Archaeological Depot in Nuis for further research. TenneT is considering exhibiting a number of finds and the stories behind them in Het Hogeland later this year.
The finds dates back to Roman times in Europe, but this part of the Netherlands did not fall under Roman rule. 2100 years ago, the Romans were present in large parts of the country, but not in what is now the Northern Netherlands. That makes these finds valuable for historiography, according to TenneT.