Archaeologists Prove Caesar Conquered in Holland

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December 13, 2015

A combination of modern archaeological techniques have proved that Julius Caesar set foot on Dutch soil, in a conquering capacity.

The battle took place in 55 B.C. between Rome and two Germanic tribes, the Tencteri and the Usipetes, in what is now Kessel, in Brabant, a southern province of the Netherlands. The tribes, which hailed from east of the Rhine River, had asked Rome for asylum; what they got instead was a battle that left at least 150,000 dead, archaeologists said.

Caesar wrote about the battle in his Commentaries on the Gallic wars. What he didn’t write was the exact location of the battle.

The site is well plowed ground. Archaeologists have turned up skeletons and weapons at the site for a few decades. Relatively new techniques, such as geochemical analysis and carbon dating, have added to the bones and weapons finds to enable archaeologists to be convinced that they have found the location of the battle.

Among the weapons found are belt buckles, helmets, spearheads, and swords.

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