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Bart Holterman


"Researching with a Proximity to Wanderlust"

Current position
Research Associate

Field of research
Economic history of the Middle Ages and early modern times, Hanseatic history, digital humanities

Medieval and modern history

Research Project
Looking In From The Edge (LIFTE)



Credit: DSM

Bart Holterman


Curriculum Vitae

Since 2021

Research associate at the DSM in the research project "Looking In From The Edge (LIFTE)".


Research assistant at the Georg-August-University Göttingen in the research project "Viabundus: Map of premodern European transport and mobility".


PhD student at the DSM in the research project "Between the North Sea and the North Sea: interdisciplinary studies on the Hanseatic League"


Research assistant in the research project "Medieval Memoria Online (MeMO)", Universiteit Utrecht / Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


Study of History (BA), Research Master Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies (MA), Universiteit Utrecht

Scientific publications


Bart Holterman et al. (Hrsg.). Viabundus Pre-modern Street Map 1.0 (Stand 19.4.2021). 


Bart Holterman.The Fish Lands. German Trade with Iceland, Shetland and the Faroe Islands in the Late 15th and 16th Century. Berlin 2020. 


Bart Holterman and Philipp Grassel, “Victuals for Fish! The Hanseatic Trade from Bremen and Hamburg to Shetland”, The New Shetlander, Yule 2020, P. 8–15.


Natascha Mehler, Guðmundur Ólafsson, Bart Holterman, Joris Coolen, Ragnar Edvardsson and Torbjörn Brorsson. “Gautavík -  a trading site in Iceland re-examined”. in: Natascha Mehler, Mark Gardiner, Endre Elvestad (Hrsg.), German Trade in the North Atlantic, c. 1400-1700. Interdisciplinary Perspectives. AmS-Skrifter 27. Stavanger 2019, S. 227-243.


Natascha Mehler, Hans Christian Küchelmann and Bart Holterman. “The Export of Gyrfalcons from Iceland during the 16th Century: A Boundless Business in a Proto-Globalized World”. in: O. Grimm und U. Schmölke (Hrsg.), Raptor and Human – Falconry and Bird Symbolism throughout the Millennia on a Global Scale, Bd. 3. Neumünster 2018, S. 995–1020.


Bart Holterman und John Nicholls (Hrsg.), HANSdoc Database (2017). 



Research projects



Der lange Arm der Hanse

How did peripheral communities in northwestern Europe adapt to the changes in the economy in the early modern period? And what role did merchants from the Hanseatic cities of Bremen and Hamburg play in this? These questions are being investigated by a new research project with the participation of the DSM using the example of the Scottish Orkney and Shetland Islands in the years 1468 to 1712.


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