Hidden under the Amstel
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544 Pages

16 x 20 cm

780 illus.

Imprint: Gaberbocchus & De Harmonie

Hidden under the Amstel

Urban stories of Amsterdam told through archaeological finds from the North/South Line

Edited by Jerzy Gawronski

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Urban stories of Amsterdam told through archaeological finds from the riverbed Amstel.

The construction of a new metro line through the heart of Amsterdam in 2003-2018 - the North/South Line - gave us access to a unique archaeological site: the riverbed of the Amstel. Almost 700,000 archaeological finds were made there, all of which are linked with the history of Amsterdam between 1300 and 2000. In 2018, a photographic catalogue of 13,000 finds entitled Stuff was published, telling the visual story of the objects and materials that have been used in Amsterdam over the centuries. This book is a follow-up to Stuff, and adds a narrative element to a selection of those archaeological discoveries. These remains are tangible and they reveal something of the day-to-day reality of the past. In combination with historical accounts and images, they sometimes lead us to actual historical events, buildings and institutions - and on occasion even to specific individuals who lived in Amsterdam in the past. In Hidden under the Amstel, 31 authors - historians, archaeologists, materials experts, journalists, curators and researchers - embark on a historical and archaeological quest that has resulted in 107 different stories, each based on a specific find or group of finds. The result is a richly varied anthology of the many stories behind the archaeological discoveries made during the excavation of the North/South Line. (JG)
3 introductions
107 Urban stories of Amsterdam
9 foreword - Jerzy Gawronski
10 I Archaeology on Damrak and Rokin - Jerzy Gawronski
24 II The Nieuwe Brug and the Rokin - Maarten Hell
40 III The built city - Gabri van Tussenbroek
urban stories of Amsterdam told through archaeological finds
50 Foundations - Gabri van Tussenbroek
56 Façades and walls - Gabri van Tussenbroek
60 Tiles everywhere - Gabri van Tussenbroek
64 The fifth façade - Gabri van Tussenbroek
68 Ornaments and structural elements in stone - Gabri van Tussenbroek 74 Riveting and caulking - Ab Hoving
79 Working boats on the IJ - Ab Hoving
82 Fire: something out of nothing! - Jos Koldeweij
86 The cloth industry in Amsterdam - Jori Zijlmans
94 Ballock daggers. Banned weapons - Jan Piet Puype 100 Medieval notebook - Annemarieke Willemsen
102 Devotional objects in ball clay - Sebastiaan Ostkamp 108 Baby Jesuses by the dozen - Sebastiaan Ostkamp
112 St George and a crowned parrot - Jos Koldeweij
116 Woolly mittens for the winter - Annemarieke Willemsen 120 Below the belt - Annemarieke Willemsen
124 Shops on the bridge - Maarten Hell
130 Game of bones on the bridge - Annemarieke Willemsen 134 Out for a spin on Damrak - Annemarieke Willemsen
136 The final tally - Annemarieke Willemsen
138 Rolling the dice - Annemarieke Willemsen
141 Sacramental Procession - Maarten Hell
144 Nails for sale - Maarten Hell
146 Dressed in mail - Jan Piet Puype 148 Scattered caltrops - Jan Piet Puype 150 Polearms at the gate - Jan Piet Puype
156 Urban authority - Jan Piet Puype
158 Pilgrims of the Miracle of Amsterdam - Jos Koldeweij
162 Pilgrim's badges from all points of the compass - Jos Koldeweij 167 Medieval 'bling bling' - Annemarieke Willemsen
170 Chamber pot or measuring jug? - Jan Beekhuizen
174 Dolls' accessories - Annemarieke Willemsen
178 'Time is short, death is quick' - Jos Koldeweij
180 An unusual pewter object - Jan Beekhuizen
182 Desktop sculpture - Annemarieke Willemsen
184 Breechloaders pointed towards the IJ - Jan Piet Puype
188 A medieval game of chess - Annemarieke Willemsen
192 'From a donkey's legs... the best flutes are made' - Jos Koldeweij 195 Classroom discipline - Annemarieke Willemsen
198 Comb box - Annemarieke Willemsen
201 Bullseyes and window panes - Michel Hulst
204 Supportasse for a ruff collar - Bianca du Mortier
209 Dogs on the lead - Annemarieke Willemsen
212 Jugs with merry dancing peasants - Sebastiaan Ostkamp
218 Chinese showpieces - Sebastiaan Ostkamp
222 Calibration marks - Jan Beekhuizen
224 Meat halls on Nes - Chiara Cavallo
230 A bird for the table - Koen Kleijn
236 Measuring jug made by pewterer 'CP' - Jan Beekhuizen
238 Horse-hoof knives - Marloes Rijkelijkhuizen
242 Mirror production - Michel Hulst 246 Beads for show and beads for trade - Michel Hulst 250 No ball games allowed - Annemarieke Willemsen 254 A stitch in time saves nine - Maarten Hell 258 Kitchen utensils - Charlotte Kleyn
262 Apothecaries and chemists - Maarten Hell 266 Apothecary's mortar - Michel Hulst 268 Flames in the city - Fanta Voogd
276 Pencils, a must-have for businessmen - Maarten Hell
280 The refining of sugar from Surinam - Lodewijk Wagenaar
290 Cowries, or slave money - Mark Ponte
294 Inns and taverns on Rokin - Maarten Hell
302 Oysters for rich and poor alike - Charlotte Kleyn
306 17th-century fake diamond ring - Suzanne van Leeuwen
309 Tobacco pipe of English-Amsterdam origin - Jan van Oostveen 312 Kosher meat - Mirjam Knotter
320 A stroke of good fortune - Johan Kamermans
323 Africans in Amsterdam - Mark Ponte
326 City of waffles - Charlotte Kleyn
330 Cutting a dashing figure - Jan Piet Puype
334 Nuremberg spectacles - Michel Hulst
338 An earthquake in Amsterdam - Sebastiaan Ostkamp
342 Remembering the Undertakers' Riot - Lodewijk Wagenaar
347 Folk-tale scenes painted in milk and blood - Christiaan Jörg 350 The lost world of books - Paul Dijstelberge
360 Scheveningen, as seen from China - Christiaan Jörg
364 'Flemish knives' - Christian Lemasson
368 A crocodile in the Amstel - Maarten Hell
372 Milk barges on the IJ - Ab Hoving
376 Birdcages - Koen Kleijn
380 Only a matter of time - Maarten Hell
384 Luxury Van der Stel tableware - Christiaan Jörg 387 Stapling and stitching porcelain - Christiaan Jörg 392 Local colour - Christiaan Jörg
396 Chinese sailors in Amsterdam - Koen Kleijn
400 Jewish megical protection - Mirjam Knotter 404 Japanese sword - Jan Piet Puype
407 Political symbolism on tobacco pipes - Jan van Oostveen
410 Soy sauce and ointment in Japanese containers - Christiaan Jörg 414 Rain or shine - Maarten Hell
420 You can lead a horse to water - Annemarie de Wildt
428 Jewellery for everyone! - Suzanne van Leeuwen
432 Daniel O'Connell - Fanta Voogd
438 Celebrating war heroes - Jan van Oostveen
442 Whiter than white - Fanta Voogd
446 A tangible record - Willem van Zoetendaal
450 Van Tuyll toothbrush - Marloes Rijkelijkhuizen
454 Electric lighting - Fanta Voogd
460 Where money, silver and gold come together - Fanta Voogd
468 Restaurant Riche - Charlotte Kleyn
474 Simplex bicycle wheel hub - Fanta Voogd
480 The Stutz Motor Company - Fanta Voogd
486 The bicycle tax - Lodewijk Wagenaar
490 Bluebird - Willem van Zoetendaal
494 Dolle Mina sticker - Fanta Voogd
498 Tear gas - Christiaan de Wolf, Sacha Kneževic ́
500 'Where are you?' - Caroline Nevejan
506 Notes
532 Indexes

Jerzy Gawronski Em. Professor Maritime and Urban Archaeology (UvA), former city archaeologist of Amsterdam (2002-2021).

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9789463361675

April 2023

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Title Details

544 Pages

1.6 x 2 cm

780 illus.

Imprint: Gaberbocchus & De Harmonie