MIDDELEEUWSE VEENNEDERZETTINGEN IN NOORDOOST-GRONINGEN
Along the former Dollard coastline, villages of the 'extended settlement' type are situated on the several Pleistocene ridges that border this area. The forerunners of these settlements were located on the raised bog that once surrounded the Pleistocene elevations, before the Dollard started to flood lower parts of the peatland in the Late Middle Ages. The settlements by that time were already moving away from their fields that were rapidly sinking as a result of the cultivation of the moor. Their inhabitants found themselves able to occupy higher grounds nearby. Their derelict Medieval fields and linear settlements are now for a great part covered with Dollard clay and prove to be well conserved. To examine the regional development of these 'extended settlements' in the former raised bog with archaeological methods, is the aim of a new project presented here.