Large-scale investigation of a wetland site at Kerkhove

Over 1000 visitors in Kerkhove on Open Monument Day 2016 (large view)

Over 1000 visitors in Kerkhove on Open Monument Day 2016

(20-09-2016) The excavations at Kerkhove provide a unique opportunity to study the human use of a marshy riverine environment and the waterlogged environment guarantees a good to excellent preservation

Due to the planned renewal of a lock in the floodplain area of Kerkhove, the wetland site is threatened by partial destruction. A large-scale, interdisciplinary salvage excavation is therefore conducted between 2015 and 2017 by a consortium of Ghent University and its spin-of Gate (Ghent Archaeological Team). The planned project is undoubtedly exceptional not only within Belgium but also western Europe due to its size and its large archaeological and palaeoenvironmental potential.

On 11-09-2016 over 1000 people visited the site to hear the archaeologists explain the finds and methodology, to see the excavation and to attend demonstration of Hi-tech archaeological practices.