In the last few month of last year 2023, the NIhK editorial team was focused on completing print preparation for Volume 46 of the NIhK journal SKN. The volume has now been published by Marie Leidorf Verlag; its delivery has already begun. The volume contains seven papers covering the prospection, documentation, analysis, interpretation and conservation of archaeological features and findings. The chronological focus lies on the period between the late Pre-Roman Iron Age and the early Middle Ages. Two interdisciplinary studies are dedicated to the settlement ceramics of this period from the Aller-Weser confluence area and the coastal region of the northern Netherlands, which provided numerous new insights into the regional settlement history. Another article deals with exceptional ceramic findings and a cube made of clay from this period, which were found near Assel in the Elbmarsch. The volume also contains two articles presenting graveyards from the area of the famous Roman necropolis of Nienbüttel and investigations of organic layers from early Medieval graves from the burial site of Neu Wulmstorf-Elstorf. Reports on geophysical prospection in the Jever Castle Park and underwater archaeological research on a First World War warship wreck in the North Sea off Heligoland complement these essays. Last but not least, the lifetime achievements of the long-time head of the NIhK, Prof. Dr. Peter Schmid, who passed away in 2022, are featured in a special paper concluding this volume.