What plant remains tell us about the history of Brussels


About the research

We reckon you like to have your cesspool thoroughly closed and buried deep under the ground. Unless you are a archeobotanist (a sort of "plant archaeologist"), like Lien Speleers! By studying plant remnants, seeds and fruits that are extracted from old #cesspits, she helps to reconstruct the history of everyday life in #Brussels.

Lien Speleers

Lien Speleers is archaeobotanist specialised in analyses of seeds and fruits. She is passionate about biology and archaeology and she could combine both passions in her job. She studied archaeology and works at RBINS since 2011. Her research focusses mainly on the reconstruction of vegetation and plant use at archaeological sites in the Brussels-Capital region. Most sites date to the medieval and post-medieval period but recently she also studied plant remains from earlier periods, found during rescue excavations in Brussels.

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