Aarschot’s Town Archaeologist Griet Beldé is in charge of the excavation work on the Martelarenstraat in the town. The work got under way last week.
She told VRT Radio 2 Flemish Brabant that “We are going to search for the town’s history layer by layer. We have found cellars from the block of houses stood here until recently. They were constructed in the recent past. But we have also found traces of an older residential block from the 16th century that also housed a brewery".
Ms Beldé added “The deeper we dig, the further we go back in time. So we definitely hope to find remains from the 12th century. This is the period in which the town was founded”.
What has been found thus far is not really earth-shattering. However, this is not a discouragement to the Town Architect and her team. “Everything we find is a small piece of the puzzle that makes up the town’s history. We have got another week to carry out excavation work, so who knows what we’ll find?”, Ms Beldé added.