The University of Groningen Institute for Archaeology and the Yeb Hettinga Museum are building a reconstruction of an ancient Frisian sod house. The building is a combination of farmhouse and barn resembling those constructed around 700 AD in the region where the population lived on mounds known as ‘terpen’. The reconstruction is based on recent archaeological research into sod houses in the provinces of Friesland and Groningen. What makes the experiment special is that the sod walls, which are nearly a metre thick, are the main roof support. Archaeologists had long thought that this was impossible.
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Zito Ysenbaert is the first winner of the Gerrit Krol Award, the University of Groningen (UG) essay competition.
Before we met, historian and philosopher Philipp Blom was told that he would be interviewed about his work and mission. Work okay, but a mission? ‘I don’t have one,’ says Philipp Blom on the phone from Vienna in fluent Dutch. ‘I’m curious and I like...
Journalist and TV producer Ad van Liempt describes in his biography how Albert Gemmeker, commander of Westerbork camp during the war, got away with his actions, but lived in fear of new punishment every day for years in Germany.