Major Bronze Age settlement found

The biggest Bronze Age settlement ever found in the Netherlands has been uncovered during road works at the A50/A58 junction north of Eindhoven, news agency ANP reports on Friday.

Almost four hectares have already been excavated, revealing the remains of 19 farms and over 50 ancillary buildings, ANP reports.
Archaeologists say the regulated distances between the farms suggest the settlement was built according to a proper plan. The site also includes two burial mounds and a cremation area.
Archaeologists have a few months to continue excavations but the site will not be preserved for posterity and the traffic junction is scheduled for completion at the end of next year, city archaeologist Nico Arts tells ANP.
The Bronze Age ran from 1500 to 850 BC. The only similar settlements of this size in the Netherlands found so far are in Drenthe.

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