House mound 46203, Kamperveen

by Maarten Hoedeman July. 25, 2021 128 views

Kamperveen has had to contend with a lot of flooding from both the Zuiderzee and the IJssel for years. The area was cultivated by the Frisians around the 12th to the beginning of the 14th century. This was probably done by digging parallel ditches in the peat from the riparian zone along the IJssel. The Hogeweg was probably the first pipeline to be built to keep the water of the higher lying peat to the west out of the exploitation. The many bends and swirls on the Hogeweg show that the dike has breached many times, both by the water of the Zuiderzee and the IJssel. In order to keep dry feet during flooding, the first mounds on the Hogeweg were probably constructed in the late 14th or 15th century. Building on the artificial heights remained in practice for a long time in Kamperveen. Even in 1879, new mounds were built in the IJsseldelta.

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