piece of wreckage, a.d. 23

This rather unsightly piece of wreckage was found in an archaeological excavation project of the ancient Oldehove dwelling mound in Leeuwarden. The city is built on three separate dwelling mounds lying on the – then – Middle Sea, an inlet which divided the upper half of the province in two parts. After the 13th century, the inlet gradually silted up, due to natural causes enhanced by human activities for land reclamation, after which Leeuwarden developed further as an inland city.

Stuk scheepshout, gevonden bij opgraving bij de Oldehove, 23 na Chr.

Piece of wreckage, A.D. 23, found in an excavation in Leeuwarden. Click on the image to see a larger version.

But back to the wooden object now – research pointed out that the plank dates back to A.D. 23 and, judging by its shape and the iron fittings, it is assumed to have been part of a boat: early evidence that Leeuwarden’s first citizens were seafarers.