The Flooded Land is Fertile

21 September 2013 to 02 February 2014

The exhibition The Flooded Land Is Fertile shows man's material culture by means of unique objects from the Stone Age to the present day. After a long time the objects have reclaimed their central position in the Groninger Museum. Spectacular treasures are on view illustrating the riches of the Wadden region. Treasures of gold and silver, pottery, weapons from the days of Bonifatius, wood and textiles dating from over a thousand years ago in an incredibly good condition. Particularly noteworthy are the objects with inscriptions in runes. These were preserved on wooden and bone objects and are the oldest indigenous texts of our country, the Westeremden rune stick bearing the longest text.   

The exhibition is a cross-border journey through the archaeological past that goes back to more than 12,000 years ago, when people could still walk from the Hondsrug as far as the Dogger Bank in the middle of the North Sea.

The archaeologies of the Dutch provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe and of the German provinces of East Friesland and Emsland have much in common. In addition the opportunities and limitations offered by the landscape are very similar. All the more reason to co-operate in an extensive project called Land of Discoveries.  
Apart from the Groninger Museum, the Fries Museum as well as the Drents Museum will present exhibitions. The first from this series was in the Ostfriesisches Landes Museum Emden. The exhibitions are part of the international manifestation ‘2013- Land of Discoveries'.

  • Mask, 5 century BC. Found in 1971 during archeological research of a human settlement at Middelstum (Loppersum).