Medieval city gate uncovered

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19 July 2007, EINDHOVEN – Archaeologists uncovered a city gate from the 15th century in the centre of Eindhoven on Thursday. The so-called Woensel gate was one of the three guarded entrances to the centre. City archaeologist Nico Arts says the gate stood at the middle of a wooden bridge that crossed over a 30-metre wide city moat.

19 July 2007

EINDHOVEN – Archaeologists uncovered a city gate from the 15th century in the centre of Eindhoven on Thursday. The so-called Woensel gate was one of the three guarded entrances to the centre. City archaeologist Nico Arts says the gate stood at the middle of a wooden bridge that crossed over a 30-metre wide city moat.

Only two rectangular foundation stones are left of the Woensel Gate, which was once three metres across. A large number of archaeological items have been found in the immediate vicinity, including an enormous iron cannon ball, pot shards, remains of butchered animals, spearheads, coins, keys and pilgrims' insignia. "The moat used to be the city's garbage dump. The items they threw out are archaeological treasures to us now," Arts says.

A bicycle cellar is soon to be built on the 18 September square where the city gate was found. The idea is to incorporate the gate into the cityscape once again, though how this will be done is not yet decided.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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