Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Medieval Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Berkhofer

Second Advisor

Dr. Jim Murray

Third Advisor

Dr. Jana Schulman


Water, landscape, Wadden Sea, Medieval, reclamation

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Part of the intertidal zone along the southeast portion of the North Sea, the Wadden Sea Coast runs from modern Friesland and Groningen in the Netherlands, through Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany, and up the west coast of Jutland to just past Ribe. This project seeks to understand medieval responses to an environment in constant contact with the sea via documentary and historical sources. The people of the Wadden Sea Coast defined their landscape and their history in part with earthworks and water infrastructure, negotiating control of both anthropogenic and natural environments.