Development plan for castellum Fectio, Utrecht

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The Province of Utrecht commissioned Parklaan to draw up a development plan for castellum Fectio and the surrounding area. This castellum is part of the Roman Limes; the line of defence and connecting road which marked the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. The design team we composed for this particular assignment comprised Parklaan Landschapsarchitecten, Paul de Kort (visual artist) and Ivar Schute (archaeologist) of RAAP Archaeological Consultancy.

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The area covered by the plan, which surrounds fort Vechten in the town of Bunnik, is a 30-hectare archaeological heritage site which is one of Europe’s Top 4. The Ancient Romans built no fewer than seven forts in this area over a period of around 300 years. The final castellum dating from 315 AD is depicted. A concrete plinth indicates the contours of the 3-hectare castellum. A replica of part of the castellum’s outer walls and towers is to be erected on the plinth in sheet metal. The Limes roads, the vicus (the village surrounding the castellum) and the Roman Rhine are all to be represented in their own particular way.

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Together with fort Vechten, the castellum is to be developed into a leading tourist attraction of considerable stature. Day-trippers and holidaymakers will have the opportunity to roam around the area, encountering all sorts of points of discovery relating to the Roman period. The Roman structures are not to be literally reconstructed. Rather, we offer one a peek through the mists of time, offering scope for an exciting combination of reconstruction and imagination. The various components are to be depicted using materials including sheet metal, concrete and timber, but also columnar trees.Bewaren