ruinen-wommels pot

The small ear on this pot served to hang it on to something. Note the geometrical decorations on the black earthenware, which varied with the geographical origin of the community that made it.

This type of pottery is named after the places where it was found: the villages of Ruinen in the province of Drenthe and Wommels in Friesland. It is assumed that some of Friesland’s first inhabitants were migrants from the province of Drenthe.

Ruinen-Wommels pot, circa 600 voor Christus

Ruinen-Wommels pot, around 600 B.C. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Around 600 B.C., attracted by the fertile Frisian clay grounds, people from various regions, including the province of Drenthe but also the Isle of Texel) migrated there to settle. As the area was regularly flooded in wintertime, they built their dwellings on mounds of grass sods, manure and waste material , known as dwelling mounds – terpen in Dutch.