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Research project: Ename survey

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The archaeological site of Ename is situated close to the modern town, in the district of Oodenaarde, in East Flanders, Belgium, some 50km from Brussels.

It is the location of the town, situated on the river Scheldt between the French and German (or Ottonian) kingdoms, that influenced the founding of the town as a trade centre and fortification in the 11th century. In this period, the Scheldt formed a physical boundary between the two kingdoms, in the vicinity of the villa of 'Ehinham'. In around 974 a fortress was established at this point on the river at a distance of approximately 900m from the church of Nederename.

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