In recent years, the NIhK has successfully investigated settlement structures near rivers in close cooperation with the district archeology of Verden. Newly discovered settlement sites, which were discovered through systematic inspections with the metal detector by the volunteer Gerald Neumann (ⴕ), played a role in particular. At several of these sites he recovered considerable amounts of metal objects from the Roman Iron Age, which greatly changed the view of the settlement area during this phase. Particularly noteworthy are numerous objects of Roman provenance. This work should now be continued. As part of a cooperation to prepare a project with the district archeology Verden, the uncovering and conservation of another large complex of new metal finds from the district in the restoration workshop of the NIhK was completed. The finds are now to be scientifically investigated and documented.