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Maldegem

Maldegem-Vake: name of a Roman castellum.

In 173, the Chauci, a tribe that lived in what is now called Groningen and Ostfriesland, and was well-known for its sea-faring qualities, attacked what is now called Flanders. The governor of Gallia Belgica, Didius Julianus, defeated them. The site now known as Maldegem-Vake occupies the site of a temporary, wooden fort built during this campaign. Measuring 157 x 157 meters, it was excavated in the 1990's.

The fort at Aardenburg was built to replace the Maldegem fort.

This page was created in 2003; last modified on 27 March 2014.