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 Roman governor of Gallia Belgica, Didius Julianus, defeated them. The field 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 1990s.

Not much later, the fort at Aardenburg was built to replace the Maldegem fort.

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