Archaeology projects in 2013
In 2013, we completed a total of 71 projects. of which 10 were archaeology projects. Some examples are given below.
From WW I to the Romans in Ypres
Bom-Be assited an archaeological sample trenching survey by Ruben Willaert Archaeology in Ypres, in view of the expansion of an industrial site. The probability of finding ammunition was high, since the site was nearby ‘Pilckem Ridge”, battle field of heavy combat in WW I. We secured over 50 grenades and other UXO, and witnessed the finding of the remains of 2 soldiers of the ‘King’s Own Scottish Borderers’ regiment. From a further past, wood from pile dwellings from the middle ages, and even potsherds from the Roman era were also found
Waste water treatment plant construction in Lo-Reninge
In view of the construction of a WWTP in Lo-Reninge, Aquafin NV assigned an historical survey, detection and clearing to Bom-Be. The project area of about 6000 m² formed part of the battle grounds during WW I. Before declassifying the site, we secured a shrapnel grenade, an artillery grenade and various detonators.
Settlements on the Wulpen meadows?
Ruben Willaert Ltd. (restoration and archaeology) engaged Bom-Be for an historical survey, in order to determine if there have been settlements during the last centuries on the meadows of the coastal village of Wulpen, in an area where an ample sports infrastructure will be built.
Archaeology – desktop study
Saint James’ Church under the radar in Bruges
The preliminary survey for the restoration of the Saint James’ Church in Bruges was assigned to THV Verbeke-Grootaers-Vereecke, who contacted Bom-Be for a GPR detection. Thus, they obtained a digital 3D view of the underground structures, like graves and foundations, in order to facilitate the implementation of floor heating.
Reconstruction of Colaert Place in Ypres
At the reconstruction of the station area of Ypres, the sewer system was going to be renovated and separated from the rainfall drains. This could have a possible impact on the existing archaeological values, since the remnants of fortifications were thought to be present at various locations, like the Colaert Place. The Board for Monumental Heritage ‘Onroerend Erfgoed’ recommended an archaeological survey to precisely locate these remnants. This task was assigned to Monument Vandekerckhove NV, who contacted Bom-Be for a GPR detection.
Saint Martin’s Basilica in Halle
The restoration of the Saint Martin’s Basilica was assigned to Monument Vandekerckhove NV. In the process, it’s essential to get a view of the subsurface for the implementation of a floor heating system. Bom-Be performed a GPR detection in order to obtain a 3D digital view and the location of the underground structures, like tombs and foundations.
Archaeology in Poperinge
Ruben Willaert Ltd. (restoration and archaeology) engaged Bom-Be for the assistance of a team of archaeologists, to allow them to do their excavation work in total security. Indeed, we found the remnants of exploded munition, as shown in the picture.
Multisensor for the archaeology in Boortmeerbeek
Durabrik contacted Bom-Be for a multisensor surface detection at an archaeological project in Boortmeerbeek, to determine if there was a problem of UXO’s, and for additional support in the archaeological survey itself.