Dutch term – Plaggenhut

A plaggenhut is a sod cabin; a house built using layers of topsoil. These houses were used by poor people, especially in the peaty areas in the north-east of the Netherlands where there was no natural stone or clay.

sod cabin

Sod cabin of the family of Stoffer Slomp in Ruinen, Drenthe; 1920s. Credits: Klaas Uilkema, collection Cultural Heritage Service (CC-BY-SA)

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