EEN VERKENNEND ONDERZOEK OP DE WESTAKKERS TE DALEN (DR.)
From 30 April to 28 May 1989 a housing development are a (Westakkers) near the village of Dalen was partly excavated to gain more information about settlement patterns in the past. A network of trenches was explored and they revealed traces of different periods, viz. an Iron Age cemetery and settlement traces, a large granary and a severely disturbed house plan from the Roman period and finally settlement traces from the 7th-8th century. These were obviously part of a farmstead, with plans of two houses, two barns, three sunken huls, and foundation trenches for hurdle fences. It looks as if the oldest buildings C (house) and D (barn) were once renewed: B (house) and A (barn). The three six-post sunken huts belong to one of these phases. lt is clear that a larger, complex settlement did not develop, either in the Roman period or in the Early Middle Ages. This is remarkable since this did occur in Wijster and Odoorn during the same time.