The threat of castles with a round multiple moat and embankment system

Adriana Spiekhout

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Abstract

Traditional castle research in the Netherlands has mainly focused on the ward. Curiously, several castles have wards surrounded by multiple concentric moats. Most of these moat systems were discovered due their visibility on aerial photographs or historical maps. However, some of these sites were accidentally discovered. The major aim of this research was to list all Dutch castle sites that are surrounded by a concentric moat system and to investigate whether this phenomenon can be linked to any historical, geographical or archaeological features. It can be concluded that moat systems were constructed between the 12th and 14th century. To increase knowledge about the castle complexes, additional research questions are called for in the future, such as: should we change our approach in current archaeological research of castles?
Translated title of the contributionThe threat of castles with a round multiple moat and embankment system
Original languageDutch
Article number10
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages6
JournalPaleo-aktueel
Volume23
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • castle moat embankement system multiple

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