Largest Dutch settlement discovered from Bronze Age

26th May 2008, Comments 2 comments

The settlement dated back to the Bronze Age was discovered just north of Eindhoven.

26 May 2008

EKKERSRIJT - Archaeologists have found a settlement dating back to the Bronze Age just north of Eindhoven, a city in the southern Netherlands, Dutch archaeologist Nico Arts told Dutch media Friday.

The discovery was made during preparations for the building of a highway junction at Ekkersrijt, north of Eindhoven.

The settlement may be the largest ever discovered in the Netherlands, and is definitely the largest settlement ever found in the southern Netherlands.

Bronze Age settlements (1500-850 BC) have also been discovered in the province of Drenthe in the eastern Netherlands. However, these are smaller than the Eindhoven settlement.

Some 4 hectares have been dug out, unveiling at least 19 farms and more than 50 other buildings and two cemeteries. All farms are built in a similar fashion and the distances from one farm to another are the same.

The archaeological work is due to continue in the upcoming months. The settlement will however not be preserved as the Ekkersrijt highway junction planned on top of the settlement is due to operate by late 2009.

[dpa / Expatica]

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2 Comments To This Article

  • RosieJo posted:

    on 26th May 2008, 13:06:16 - Reply

    Well, yes, Holland has a lot of new things but you have only to walk the inner streets of Amsterdam, Maastricht, DenBosch and other towns to see still a lot of the old. And many of the villages of Holland are well preserved. BUT I do agree with Harrison's feeling that it will be very sad if some effort is not made to preserve something of this profound historical discovery. Holland IS small in size and the transportation system needs to plan for handling all the traffic, which to me seems to be increasing over the years we have been in Holland, BUT still there ought be planners who can devise some means to preserve historically important finds.
  • Harrison posted:

    on 26th May 2008, 10:51:41 - Reply

    of course, why would they preserve it! In holland everything must be new, after all, a highway is far more important than history and culture.
    such a pity...