In 2012 we lost Jean Jacques Peters, former engineer of Flanders Hydraulics Research (1964 till 1979) and international expert in sediment transport, river hydraulics and morphology. As a tribute to him we have created potamology, a virtual memorial archive whose aim is to preserve and disseminate his way of thinking and his morphological approach to river problems all over the world.This archive provides four modules, each with its specific information set relevant to Peters’ work. Where available and if not confidential, there will also be access to the full text. In dialogue with Peters’ family we continue to make his life’s work accessible.
The hinterlands of the Meuse and the Scheldt from the 14th to the 16th century are analyzed first of all under the influence exerted internationally by the ports of Bruges, Antwerp and Huy, inserting a rough sketch of the markets of the Mosan inland water transport downwards from Dinant and Bouvignes. From some archives, the relations with the more or less close hinterland are taken into account from a demographic point of view, as well as regarding supply in basic foodstuffs and raw materials for the industry or the building sector. The radical transformation of the Antwerp hinterland and its role at the end of the Middle Ages are recalled and underlined.