Belgian archaeologists inspect a 16th century fortification unearthed after tram works in Antwerp, Belgium
[Credit: Christopher Stern, Reuters]
Archaeologists in Antwerp have spent the last two weeks excavating parts of a six-metre-high (20-foot) fortified wall that was built around the Belgian city 500 years ago.
The ruins were exposed during preparations for a massive infrastructure project on a major boulevard, including tunnels and a new tram line.
"When we compare to other cities, it was really a monumental and impressive masterpiece already at that time, and still," archaeologist Femke Martens told Reuters, while standing between two unearthed pillars of what was a bridge to the Red Gate.