Sometimes you find strange things in a profile pit, but this certainly is one of the strangest pits in my carreer…it is located beneath the 1000-year old
cemetary of the St. Rombouts Cathedral, which is archaeologically excavated to make room for a parking lot.
We are studing the old sandy soils that reside below the most ancient remains of Mechelen, buried deeply below the present-day city. Much to our suprise, we still find almost intact Podzols there, right beneath layers and layers of ancient basements or – in this case – graves stacked on top of each other.
The archaeological team is carefully excavating all remains and they will be given a new place to rest.