Terug naar Vriescheloo (Gr.)
Back to Vriescheloo (province of Groningen). Until recently, the peat reclamation at Vriescheloo was perceived as a late medieval initiative, having disturbed the inland drainage system and having contributed to the formation of the Dollard estuary in the 16th century. This caused a shift in the occupation away from the fen land towards an inland sand ridge, a trend that can be observed all along the edges of the Dollard estuary. The discovery in 2010 of early-medieval occupation on a river dune beside the river Westerwoldsche Aa within the territory of Vriescheloo has confirmed the hypothesis of peat reclamation starting from the river valleys, which had not been determined yet for this part of the Groningen coastal peat belt.