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The bone walls of the Saint Bavo Cathedral

The bone walls were discovered on the north side of Saint Bavo's Cathedral, formerly known as the Church of St. John the Baptist, or St. Jan. Radiocarbon dating of the bones suggests they date to the second half of the 15th century, but the walls were likely constructed later, in the 17th or early 18th centuries. Historical documents support these dates. One source notes that the church's cemetery was cleared during the first half of the 16th century and again, after 1784, when the cemetery stopped taking new bodies. No matter the date, these walls are a one-of-a-kind find, their is no comparison in Belgium.
In this project ArcheOs will examine the bones from the walls to determine age, sex and stature which will hopefully allow us to understand who the skeletons belonged to. The application of stable isotope analysis will potentially tell us about their diet and origins.



Dit onderzoeksproject wordt uitgevoerd in samenwerking met: 

Janiek De Gryse (Ruben Willaert NV)

Shari Eggermont (Ruben Willaert NV)

April Pijpelink (CRINA)

Het Agentschap Onroerend Erfgoed

De opgraving werd uitgevoerd door het archeologisch projectbureau Ruben Willaert NV, in opdracht van de Kathedrale kerkfabriek Sint-Baafs en Artes Woudenberg NV/Artes Depret NV, onder supervisie van Bressers Architecten bv, studiebureau Riessauw bvba en IVW consult bvba.


We zijn begonnen

10 mei 2021

Deze week kunnen we eindelijk aan de slag. Na reisrestricities en verplicht thuis werken beginnen we deze week eindelijk met het bestuderen van de menselijke resten uit deze bijzondere begrafeniscontext.

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