Archaeologists have discovered a historic cemetery, which has graves dating from the Iron Age to the Roman period. Early indications show the discoveries date from 1,500 BC to 250 AD. Researchers say it is the most important archaeological discovery in Flanders for years. The remarkable remains were found during archaeological digs on new industrial land in Wielsbeke. “We weren’t expecting to find what we found, but as it is so close to the Lys, it is a promising location”, says Sam De Decker, from the Onroerend Erfgoed agency.
Seventy three tombs dating from the Iron Age, Bronze Age and the Roman period have been unearthed. Archaeologists have found pots, small bottles, urns and other objects linked to the burial culture. Three tumuli (burial mounds) have also been identified. One of the tumuli is 17 metres by 35 metres, and the two others are 18 metres by 35 metres.