Wat verbouwde men in De Held III (Gr.)?
Cultivated plants from De Held III (province of Groningen). In the northwest of the municipality Groningen several samples were taken for botanical analysis from an excavation called ‘De Held III’. Twenty-eight samples from three periods were analysed. In the first period (300 BC - AD 300) a small number of wild plants were identified, representing marshland, a rather wet, slightly brackish environment. In the late medieval period we have arable farmland. Remains of several cultivated plants were found, including six-row barley, oat, rye and Celtic bean. It is certain that barley and oat were grown fore human consumption. Some plant species may have served as fodder. In the modern period, the environment became wetter.