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A Gallo-Roman site discovered in 1908 and interpreted as being a villa. More thorough excavations, begun in 1956, show that it was a vicus. In the course of these excavations a well was found, foundations of masonry buildings (of which no plan has been yet published), quantities of potsherds, and a variety of objects—including iron tools and surgical instruments. From a close study of the plentiful terra sigillata, it is clear that the vicus dates to the first half of the 1st c. A.D., that it was at the height of its expansion in the reign of Claudius, and that it remained inhabited up to about the middle of the 3d c. In 1956 a tomb was discovered near the vicus and in it some fairly rich grave gifts consisting of 23 pieces—terra sigillata, pitchers, goblets of glazed ware, and a glass bottle. The tomb dates from the end of the 2d c. or the beginning of the 3d. Very probably it was originally covered over with a tumulus, now leveled. Close to this rich tomb was found a small necropolis. Its tombs, which are far poorer, date from the 2d and 3d c.


J. Mertens, “Gallo-Romeins grafuit Grobbendonk,” Arch. Belgica 53 (1961) 14 pp.; M. Bauwens-Lesenne, Bibliografisch repertorium der oudheidkundige vondsten in de provincie Antwerpen (1965) 54-64; P. Janssens, “Het gallo-romeins grafveldje van Grobbendonk,” Noordgouw 6 (1966) 53-71; H. Thoen, “De Terra Sigillata van Grobbendonk,” Noordgouw 7 (1967) 105-60.


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