Lionserpolder (NL)

Year: 2021

Supervision: Jitte Waagen

Execution and Research: Jitte Waagen, Mikko Kriek, Rik Feiken

Project Description: The drone remote sensing operations at Lionserpolder, Friesland, were commissioned by the Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (RCE), by archaeologist drs. Menno van der Heiden. The project research and reporting on the RCE side has subsequently been taken over by archaeologist dr. Rik Feiken. The area under investigation is an Iron Age/Roman period landscape surrounding an unexcavated site, probably a late Iron Age/Roman period (LIA/R) farm. There are clear patterns of LIA/R habitation, observed through ditches that are likely of LIA/R origin, and LIA/R pottery retrieved from test corings and test trenches.

The surrounding landscape may still be a largely intact late Iron Age landscape with old watercourses and salt marshes (‘kwelders’) still visible in the terrain morphology, and possible offsite archaeological remains. Therefore, a drone remote sensing operation was considered to be an effective method to map potentially present remains of the local LIA/R past. Indeed, the drone remote sensing operations have produced clear visualisations of Iron
Age/Roman period natural and cultural landscape features.


Waagen, J.; Feiken, Rik (2024). Drone remote sensing over a late Iron Age/Roman period landscape in Lionserpolder, Friesland. University of Amsterdam / Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. Journal contribution.