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The archaeological discovery at the Paardenmarkt in Alkmaar

In the summer of 2010, a special archaeological find resurfaced when plans to redevelop the Paardenmarkt, a parking lot in the historic city center of Alkmaar, began.

"Because we knew that a cemetery of a medieval Franciscan monastery was located within this area, we decided to first research the terrain before continuing with the redevelopment", says city archaeologist Peter Bitter. Leiden University plays a special role in this investigation as archaeologist Dr. Menno Hoogland and osteo-archaeologist  Rachel Schats are part of the project team. 

National Geographic magazine wrote an article about the project and posted a preview of this article on their website (in Dutch).

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