- Post Graduate Research
From 1987 onwards, there is a prehistoric-newly constructed settlement in the Natuurpark at Lelystad. When the first (Bronze Age) farm was constructed, Roeland Paardekooper spent many weekends and work weeks there. Ever since, much has happened: the settlement has moved within the Natuurpark to a top location near the entrance and the visitor centre and the them has changed in the for Flevoland important transition phase from the last hunters to the first farmers (new Stone Age).
This era, to which the settlement is friendly dubbed ‘Swifterkamp’, is important to the identity of the Province, the conception that before the ‘polder’ fell dry, there had been people living here before. From the beginning of the 2000s, weather started to turn bad at the Lelystad horizon: content wise, organisation wise and finance wise.
In 2006, Roeland Paardekooper was invited together with Bert van Valburg of Flexmanagement: the settlement really needed to act and change, else it would soon be ‘end of operation’. The combination of companies “Archeo Interface / Flexmanagement” were hired by the Province Flevoland and by the Summer of 2007, there is a plan unfolded, supported by the four important parties: the Flevoland Province, the City of Lelystad, Flevo-Landschap & the Nieuw land Erfgoedcentrum.