Case Study Archaeological Monument Broekpolder

In advance of the building of a housing project covering 150 hectares, an area of 5.7 hectares was designated as an archaeological monument. The surrounding area was excavated revealing features from the Bronze Age to the present day. On the basis of this research it is estimated that the monument contains a stratified landscape with fields from the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age, settlements from the Middle Iron Age until the medieval Period and traces of agricultural use up to the end of the twentieth century.

Stratified landscape, the dark bands are cultural layers from different periods

The excavations had shown an excellent degree of preservation of organic material, and preservation of metal to a somewhat lesser degree. It was immediately understood that the successful preservation of the archaeological remains would depend on knowledge of the local situation when the monument was formed and the monitoring of conditions over time.