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KONTICH Belgium.

A Gallo-Roman vicus on the Bavai-Asse-Antwerp-Utrecht road. This road was sectioned at Kontich in 1895 during the construction of a railroad line. At the vicus itself stray finds of pottery and various artifacts have often been noted. At least five wells have been examined. Two were made of hollowed-out oak trunks; the rest had square wooden linings. The center of the vicus was located at the locality of Kazernen, where systematic excavations have been undertaken since 1964. An important archaeological level has been found: refuse pits, stone foundations, traces of wooden buildings, and finally the foundations of a Celto-Roman sanctuary with a nearly square cella surrounded by a peristyle (17 x 20 m). The pottery and coins indicate that the site was occupied from the middle of the 1st c. A.D. until the middle of the 3d c. A burning level indicates that the vicus was ravaged at that time. The necropolis of the vicus may have been at Blauwen Steen, where some cinerary urns, now lost, were found around 1761.


M. Bauwens-Lesenne, Bibliografische repertorium des oudheidkundige vondsten in de provincie Antwerpen (1965) 87-91; F. Lauwers, “Kontich: Romense vicus,” Archeologie (1967, 2) 53-55PI; (1969, 2) 63-64.


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