Burgh | ring fortress


From the 8th century fierce Vikings robbed and pillaged along the coasts of the Netherlands and other European countries. To protect themselves against these invaders, the coastal inhabitants built ‘ringwalburgen’, ring fortresses, including the ring fortress at Burgh Haamstede (Province of Zeeland). The remains of the fortress had been eroded by plowing. In addition, the ring fortress was not recognizable to visitors. Both problems were addressed in a consolidation and reconstruction project under 'a journey through time', in which the State Forestry Commission (owner), Rijksdienst voor Oudheidkundig Bodemonderzoek (now  Cultural Heritage Agency) and the municipality worked together.

Consolidation was achieved by removing the monument from agricultural production and the site was heightened with a layer of soil. Parts of the rampart and the central path were reconstructed in favour of a better recognition of the fortress. In the nearby museum, Burghse Schoole, information is available regarding the fortress. Marc Kocken lead the project and was the heritage advisor on behalf of the State Service ROB.