First Roman Temples from 2,000 Years Ago Found in the Netherlands
Dutch archaeologists from the private archaeological consulting firm RAAP recently uncovered the remains of a 2,000-year-old Roman temple complex in the Netherlands. While religious sanctuaries dating to the Netherlands’ Roman era have been found before, this is the first time the ruins of actual Roman temples have been unearthed anywhere in the country, part of which comprised the northernmost territory of the legendary Roman Empire at the height of its power.
4,000-Year-Old Stonehenge-Like Sanctuary Unearthed in the Netherlands
Archaeologists digging at an ancient site in the central Netherlands over the course of several years discovered something remarkable and unexpected. Following an analysis of excavations that have been ongoing since 2017, the archaeologists have confirmed that this site contains burial mounds, ditches, cemeteries and pathways lined with wooden poles, all of which were part of a sprawling religious sanctuary or ceremonial complex that was constructed more than 4,000 years ago.
According to Frederic Slater, who was the President of the Australian Archaeological and Education Research Society, an Original stone arrangement he and a colleague were investigating throughout 1939, since assumed to be lost for the last 63 years, is “the Stonehenge of Australia.” As impressive as this complex of stone arrangements was, and will be again, it is much more than a collection of rocks, signs and symbols positioned on a mound. According to Slater, “the mound is one of the oldest; I should say the oldest, forms of temples in the world and dates back to the … advent of first man.” Not only was the mound the first temple, the narrative and wisdom chronicled is as profound as it is sublime, so much so that Slater claimed it formed “the basis of all knowledge, all science, all history and all forms of writing.”