Journal of Archaeology in the Low Countries 4-1 (October 2012)Thijs Maarleveld; Alice Overmeer: Aanloop Molengat – Maritime archaeology and intermediate trade during the Thirty Years’ War1


This study was only possible through the dedication of many. The project for which the NWO grant was used involved around 35 people in some capacity or other, many of them employed at the National Service for Cultural Heritage Agency or the Museum of Texel, others as students or external advisors. For this latter group, we would like to specifically thank Hans Lenstra and Ekkehard Westermann, as their names will probably not appear in the documentation. Through the years many others, employed by or associated with the maritime predecessors of the National Service, have contributed to the project, and the work of researchers in the Netherlands, central Europe and the UK has been essential. Most of their names will occur in the references or in the documents supporting this article. We wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to them. The names and contributions of the 102 people who took part in the excavation are acknowledged under fieldwork (HyperlinkDatabase). Our thanks to them are extended to the management and crews of Rijkswaterstaat, who got the project started through sonar surveys and by putting the steel frame and cardinal buoy in position and who were always ready to help (e.g. with lifting). However, we would like to dedicate this study to those team members and friends who are no longer with us. They are Herman Dekker, Jef van den Akker and Arie van der Vis, the skipper of Phileas Fogg who spent more days on site than anybody else, as well as Philippe Nowacki-Breczenski, Joost Mioulet and Lillian Ray who died far too early in their careers contributing to maritime archaeology.


Thijs Maarleveld

University of Southern Denmark, Esbjerg, Denmark


Alice B.M. Overmeer

Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed (Cultural Heritage Agency), dept. Lelystad


Review data:

Submission: 22/2/2012

Revision: 11/5/2012

2nd submission: 3/9/2012