Het Romeinse castellum
If you want a book about Roman finds in the Loowaard then this book is for you!! The Roman castellum in the Loowaard is the book to take a look at the finds that were found during the dredging of the Rhine in the Duiven-Loowaard. Read more
Can only dredged material prove the presence of a Roman castellum along the Rhine? So finds without an archaeological context? Researcher Wil Kuijpers thinks so. Based on hundreds of dredging finds
from the Loowaard he claims that in the second quarter of the first century a Roman castellum was founded at the Duiven-Loowaard site.
For decades Wil Kuijpers searches gravel heaps on the Rijnkade in Arnhem with his metal detector. The gravel that lies there has been dredged from the Loowaard. Among the pebbles he finds hundreds of Roman objects, such as coins from the Julian/Claudian period, soldier and eye fibulae, jewelry such as hairpins and finger rings and militaria as spear points and swords. In total, he removes more than 600 metal objects from the gravel. And the suction dredgers of dredging company Moorlag BV also conjure hundreds of pottery finds from the large gravel hole of the Loowaard.
After documenting all Loowaard finds in the PAN register (Portable Antiquities of the Netherlands), Wil Kuijpers starts a study into the occupation history of the Loowaard. He identifies and dates all finds and then draws up a dating chart for each find category.
These graphics show from which time period the finds originate. A number of statements can be made by comparing the dating graphs with the analyzes of the find groups and the find history. One is that it is very likely that the Romans in the second quarter of the first century - perhaps in 40/41 AD. - have founded a castellum in the Loowaard. And that in addition to its military function, this castellum also had a civilian occupation.
Wil Kuijpers' research shows that - even though the archaeological site has almost completely disappeared - new information can be added to our knowledge about the Roman limes in the Netherlands through systematic research of dredging finds.
The book has a beautiful layout and contains more than 700 full color photos!