DE TERRA SIGILLATA UIT DE TERP BRUGGEDUREN BIJ WINSUM (FR.)
The Roman imports which were found in Friesland during the commercial quarrying of terpen in the 19th and 20th cenfuries fall into two dusters when divided by period. The smaller and earlier duster contains material from the first half of the first century and is related to the Roman occupation of the Frisian territory during this era. Among the find spots, the terp Bruggeburen near Winsum attracted attention even in the first half of the 20th century by the number and character of the finds. Based on the historical sources they were interpreted as belonging to a Roman military outpost during the short period that the region was part ofthe Roman empire. In 1997 a large-scale excavation was carried out in the levelled terp Bruggeburen, which brought to light several hundred early Roman ceramic fragments. Among them were 21 fragments of terra sigillata 16 of which match the traditional dating of the terp finds from Bruggeburen in the first half of the first century AD. Five fragments, however, could be dated earlier, about 10 BC, and can so be connected with the period right after Drusus' expedition to the region in 12 BC.