The grounds for the Abbey Church in Ninove will undergo a metamorphosis in 2023. But before the works can start, archaeologists dive into the ground to map the history of this place. Commissioned by the City of Ninove, SOLVA archaeologists will conduct an archaeological investigation for a few months. They hope to learn more about the history of the former Premonstratensian abbey that has stood here since the 12th century.
Alderman Wouter Vande Winkel: “SOLVA’s Archeology Department will start an archaeological investigation on and around the Kloosterweg near the Abbey Church on Monday 10 October. In the first week, part of the pavement will be broken up. The archaeologists will start their research on Monday 17 October. Subject to good weather conditions, this first phase will take approximately 36 working days.”
The archaeological research is carried out in the context of the planned sewerage works and the construction of the Abdijplein. These works have a major impact on the subsoil and any archaeological remains preserved therein.
Historical and previous archaeological research showed that there was already an abbey on the site from the second half of the 12th century. The current research also expects to discover older finds. Due to the planned works, these remnants will disappear for good.
During the research, all archaeological remains are registered. Alderman Wouter Vande Winkel: “Together with the collected finds, they can contribute to the historical and archaeological research of the site and to the history of the city of Ninove.”