Program March 5th

The International Symposium presents the results of recent interdisciplinary research (geological, archaeological, palaeobotanical, archaeolozoological and palaeontological) carried out in relation to the construction of Maasvlakte 2 port extension into the North Sea near Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

08.30 – 09.15 hrs: Registration and coffee, studio 1
08.30 – 9.15 hrs: Infomarket, studio 1

Torbjörn Törnqvist (keynote speaker)
Late Quaternary continental shelf earthscapes.

Sytze van Heteren
Uncovering drowned landscapes in the North Sea: artwork or hard work?

Freek Busschers
Stratigraphy and chronology of the Maasvlakte 2 sand extraction pit

Peter Vos and Kim Cohen
A staged geogenetic approach to underwater archaeological prospection in the Port of Rotterdam (Yangtzehaven, Maasvlakte, The Netherlands): a geological and palaeoenvironmental study of Mesolithic lowland landscapes

Laura Kooistra
Biodiversity, the reason for the presence of hunter-gatherers in the Rhine-Meuse delta around 7000 BC

11.50 – 13.15 hrs: Lunch break, studio 1
11.50 – 13.15 hrs: Infomarket and Elevator pitches, studio 1

13.15 – 15.00 hrs: Welcome back and plenary program ‘Archaeology’, studio 2

Nic Flemming (keynote speaker)
Drowned stone age archaeology world-wide: the north sea in a global context.

Hans Peeters
Mesolithic archaeology of the southern North Sea and Rotterdam area, and the significance of Yangtze harbour.

Lucy Kubiak-Martens
The plant foods of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers at the river dune site of the Yangtze Harbor near Rotterdam.

Marcel Niekus and Annemieke Verbaas
The lithic assemblage of the Yangtze river dune site with special reference to the results of the use-wear analyses.

15.00 – 15.45 hrs: Coffee break, studio 1
15.00 – 15.45 hrs: Infomarket, studio 1

15.45 – 18.15 hrs: Welcome back and plenary program ‘Paleontology’, studio 2

Jelle Reumer (keynote)
Fossils from the North Sea: what’s new?

Thijs van Kolfschoten, Margot Kuitems and Natasja den Ouden
The vertebrate remains of Maasvlakte 2 in a broader context,

Frank Wesselingh
Of arctic shores, ghost rivers and Hippopothamus landscapes: fossil shells reveal successive landscapes in the subsurface of the Maasvlakte area.

Bjørn Smit
Conclusions of Concluding Remarks. Looking back: the added value of the Maasvlakte 2 interdisciplinary research. 

18.15 – 19.00 hrs: Drinks, studio 1
18.15 – 19.00 hrs: Infomarket
19.00 – 21.00 hrs: Dinner buffet, studio 1


Program March 6th

The session Complex Project will focus on the “non-scientific aspects” of archaeology and palaeontology that are essential for a success completion and compliance with permit obligations, especially when dealing with complex projects.

The invited speakers represent the 5 main parties involved in such a process, i.e. the Client (POR), the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE), the Building Contractor (PUMA), a Research Institute(s) (Deltares /TNO) and the Archaeological Contractor of the Yangtze project (BOOR).

After the introduction and short presentations of the speakers, the moderator will lead the discussions with will be initiated by asking questions (and answers). One of the aims of this session is to present the “lessons learned“ in the Maasvlakte 2 project and how to avoid possible pitfalls and how improvements can be made in future projects. The audience will be encouraged to participate by asking questions.

08.30- 09.15 hrs: Registration and coffee, studio 1

09.15 – 11.15 hrs: Interview session ‘Complex Projects’, studio 2

Tiedo Vellinga, Havenbedrijf Rotterdam n.v., Maasvlakte 2
Andrea Otte, Netherlands Agency for Cultural Heritage
Dirk Hamer, PUMA’s project director
Dimitri Schiltmans, Municipality of Rotterdam (Bureau Oudheidkundig Onderzoek Rotterdam, or BOOR)
Bob Hoogendoorn, Deltares

11.45 -17.30 hrs: Excursion to Maasvlakte 2

Excursion includes the following:

  • Lunch box
  • Coach trip to Maasvlakte 2
  • Refreshment in FutureLand, Maasvlakte 2
  • Trip on Ferryboat through Maasvlakte 2 harbours, or
  • Looking for palaeontological finds on the beach (guided tour)
  • Coach trip back to Rotterdam

If you are planning on joining the excursion to Maasvlakte 2 please remember to bring warm clothes and comfortable shoes on 6 March.