Farmers of the coast, coastal farming communities on the southern North Sea coast, 2000-800 BC


Due to the excellent conservation circumstances, the North Sea coast has a fantastic record of Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age settlement sites. Mesolithic and Neolithic coastal wetland communities are well studied, but a coherent image of coastal populations of the Bronze Age is strikingly absent. This absence is the more remarkable given the richness of the record for this period: from the archaeological evidence it is clear that between 2000 and 800 BC the wetlands along the North Sea coast were densely inhabited by full farming communities. The position of these wetlands may not have been unlike that of the Low Countries today: very well suited for arable farming and stock raising and central in trade and communication networks, both with the uplands as well as overseas.
The proposed project revolves around the thesis that Bronze Age coastal communities were thriving farming communities with their own cultural identity and with a central position in communication networks. There is hardly a region thinkable that is better suited for studying prehistoric communities on the North Sea coast than the Netherlands. Not only was its location central in a traffic geographical sense, but also can the Netherlands boast of having one of the best preserved Bronze Age landscapes in north-western Europe: the fossil landscapes of West Frisia. Therefore the proposed project focuses on these extensively excavated but poorly published archaeological sites as case study of coastal farming communities.


Boek of monografie


Hoofdstuk in boek

  • H.M. van der Velde, W. Roessingh, W. van Zijverden, N.L. Jaspers, E. Drenth, H.B.G. Scholte Lubberink(2011): Van graven in de prehistorie en dingen die voorbij gaan pp. 115 - 130 , Leiden
  • S. Bergerbrant, H. Fokkens, P. Valentijn, S. Sabatini, D.R. Fontijn(2013): Counterpoint pp. 531 - 540 , Oxford
  • S. Arnoldussen, E.M Theunissen, Y.F. van Amerongen(2014): Metaaltijden I: bijdragen in de studie van de metaaltijden no. 1 pp. 81 - 96 , Leiden

Wetenschappelijk artikel

Professionele publicatie

  • W Roessingh, F Vermue(2011): Enkhuizen, aanvullend onderzoek langs de westzijde van Kadijken-5B. ISSN: 1875-1067.
  • W Roessingh(2014): Sporen uit de Midden- en Late Bronstijd aan de Haling 20E te Enkhuizen ISSN: 1875-1067.
  • W Roessingh(2015): Venhuizen-N506 aanleg drukriolering ISSN: 1875-1067.
  • S. Knippenberg, H. Fokkens, W. Roessingh, A. Tol, D.R. Fontijn(2016): Een bijzonder bronsdepot in het tracé van de N23-Westfrisiaweg pp. 26 - 32 ISSN: 1386-2065.

Publicatie bedoeld voor een breed publiek

  • W Roessingh(2011): Bronstijdboeren in West-Friesland pp. 15 - 33 ISSN: 0925-5257.
  • W Roessingh(2012): West-Friesland, de Randstad van de Bronstijd ISSN: 2212-4365.
  • F. Schinning(2012): Hoogglanzend en messcherp ISSN: issn 2212-4373.
  • W Roessingh(2013): Project 2 Nederzettingen pp. 111 - 112 ISSN: 2210-2280.
  • W. van Zijverden(2014): Wouden, wadden en water
  • B. Steffens(2014): Westfriese grafheuvels doorgrond.
  • W Roessingh(2014): Archeologisch onderzoek bij Bovenkarspel Het Valkje pp. 64 - 72
  • W Roessingh(2014): Onderzoek naar nederzettingsterreinen uit de Bronstijd in West-Friesland pp. 26 - 31
  • W Roessingh(2015): N23-opgravingen leveren mooie resultaten op pp. 34 - 35
  • W Roessingh(2015): Archeologische schatkamer bij de Streekweg pp. 28 - 33
  • Y.M. van Amerongen(2017): Een bronstijd-onderkomen pp. 12 - 19


  • W Roessingh(2014): Bronze Age settlement sites in West Frisia
  • H Fokkens(2016): Valorisatie-publieksbereik





Prof. dr. H. Fokkens

Verbonden aan

Universiteit Leiden, Faculteit der Archeologie


Dr. Y.F. van Amerongen, Dr. W. Roessingh, Dr. P.J.C. Valentijn, Dr. W.K. van Zijverden


01/08/2011 tot 31/12/2016