Archaeological finds around Liège Airport now on display

Archaeological finds around Liège Airport now on display
Credit: Belga

A new exposition, based on discoveries made in recent years in archaeological diggings around Liège’s Berset Airport, was inaugurated on Friday.

The diggings began about 20 years ago around the airport. Since then, various areas, covering a total of 111 hectares, have been explored by the Wallon Heritage Agency (AWaP), Belga News Agency reports.

A first expo was set up in 2018 to present finds made during previous digging campaigns. It enabled viewers to admire the remains of a Neolithic village, for example.

A second exposition was then developed around finds made in other areas west of the airport, in the village of Fontaine. This expo, titled “Les aiguilleurs du temps," was inaugurated on Friday at a ceremony attended by Wallonia’s ministers in charge of heritage and airports, Valérie De Bue and Adrien Dolimont.

The new expo presents about 40 objects from the Fontaine diggings, dating as far back as the Neolithic Age and Protohistoric times, and including the Gallo-Roman era, Middle Ages, and modern and contemporary times.

Objects on display include flint tools, ceramics, traces of enclosures that could be burial sites, various artefacts and other elements that reflect the lives of men and women at these various ages.

The expo is being housed at the Hollogne Fort near the airport until 6 June, after which it will be hosted by the Museum of the Historical Commission of Grâce-Hollogne from 20 June to 11 September.

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