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KESTER Belgium.

A large Gallo-Roman vicus of the civitas Nerviorum, at the intersection of the Bavai-Asse-Antwerp-Utrecht road and the Casel-Court-rai-Tongres road. Systematic excavations have never been undertaken there. Our only information comes from discoveries made in the course of large public works. The built-up area spread over several hectares. The occupation seems to go back to the beginning of Roman times since Iron Age bracelets and pottery are among the most significant finds. Among these discoveries, are numerous sherds of terra sigillata, coins, and a large series of white terracotta statuettes. This last find suggests that there was a sanctuary of Celtic tradition in the vicus. The necropolis, located W of the vicus, has likewise been found but has never been excavated systematically. The tombs date to the 1st and 2d c. A hoard of coins in a bronze vase was found at Kester as early as 1574. It consisted of about 600 silver coins, the most recent of Philip II (244-49). This seems to indicate that the vicus was ravaged during one of the very first invasions of the 3d c.


M. Desittere, Bibliografisch repertorium der oudheidkundige vondsten in Brabant (1963) 76-77; M. Thirion, Les trésors monétaires gaulois et romains trouvés en Belgique (1967) 101.


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