Oldest Frisian language text discovery


Oldest Frisian text

Translated from the Leeuwarder Courant daily in Friesland province in the Netherlands:

June 23, 2015, 13:45

Leeuwarden – On a few scraps of parchment, almost 900 years old, notes in Frisian have been found. Linguists have never seen before such old written Frisian.

“It’s a great find”

‘Lesa mi’ [Save me] ,’helpe mi’ [Help me] is written in neat letters under a Latin text. Was here perhaps a Frisian youth at work who wanted to become a priest? The words are a translation from the Latin. From the shape of the letters experts can deduct that the text must have been written between 1100 and 1125.

,,It’s a great find”, said former Frisian language researcher Han Nijdam of the Fryske Akademy. ,,So far we had only written Frisian from the thirteenth century and now suddenly we go back a century in time. We already suspected that Old Frisian had already been written then, but now we really have it.”

See also here.

Dark Ages lady’s face reconstructed in Friesland


This 4 June 2015 Dutch video is about reconstruction of the face of a seventh century lady. She had been buried in the highest artificial dwelling hill, or terp, in the Netherlands; in Hegebeintum village in Friesland province.

Archaeologist Maja D’Hollosy has now reconstructed the ‘terp lady”s face at the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, capital of Friesland. From this Saturday on, the reconstruction will be on show there.

The terp lady probably belonged to the local elite. Her necklace points in that direction. So does her being buried in a hollowed out oak tree. Trees were rare then in Friesland.

Roe deer, entangled in fence, free again


Roe deer, entangled in fence

Regional TV Bolsward in Friesland province in the Netherlands reports that this morning, a young male roe deer was found, which had become stuck in a fence.

The deer was brought to an animal shelter. There, it wounds were cared for. Then, the animal was freed.

Canada goose inspires music


Geese and musicians

This photo shows, from left to right: a Canada goose, with a ring around its neck for identification in research; a domestic goose; composer Henk Odinga; and saxophone player Femke IJlstra.

Translated from Vroege Vogels radio (where there is an audio file of this as well) in the Netherlands:

April 26, 2015

Already several times the Frisian musician and composer Henk Doeke Odinga made tracks for Vroege Vogels, inspired by birdsong. After the wren, the willow warbler and the lapwing, he chose a striking ‘singer’: the Canada goose. Saxophonist Femke IJlstra played the ‘imitations’ of the goose, Odinga himself plays piano in the composition.

Friesland moth atlas now on the Internet


This video from Chicago in the USA says about itself:

Moths vs Butterflies

9 October 2013

Wherein we explore the order Lepidoptera!

Huge thanks to Jim Boone, collection manager of insects for making this episode possible. Check out his episode from the Chicago Adventure series!

Translated from the Dutch Butterfly Foundation:

Monday, March 30th, 2015

In Friesland for many years already there has been attention for moths. The regional Butterfly Working Group has been working for years at an overview of the Frisian moths. Now the provisional Atlas of the macro-moths is available digitally. In this atlas you can find distribution maps of all 674 (!) species known from the province. …

For those interested, the digital atlas is available by clicking on this link. Due to the size of the file (288 MB), it takes a while before it is loaded.

Migratory birds back for spring, video


This is a video about migratory birds, mainly black-tailed godwits, just returned from spring migration to nature reserve Skrins, Friesland province, the Netherlands.

The video also shows some other bird species, like redshanks, teal, common gulls

Renee Nitters made this video on 3 March 2015.