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afb. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 en 13 A. Meyknecht-
van den Berg
In 1981 during the construction of new sewerage a small
excavation could be carried out in the Breestraat near the town
hall of Leiden on the highest spot in the town center. It
showed that the height difference of with the surroundings was
caused by intentional heightening with clay sods followed by
accumalation of dung and rubbish layers. These mediaeval layers
were covered bij a sand layer. The mediaeval layers date from
the first half of the 12th century to well into the 13th
century. Potterygroups from these layers showed littlechange in
typology. The relative quantity of the distinguished
potterygroups however changes considerably through time.
In the dung and rubbish layers the foundation of a building,
probably dating to the first half of the 12th century, was
found under the present street. Evidence was collected that at
the end of that century a wood covered street formed the
predecessor of the present Breestraat.
It is presumed that many of the inhabitants in the 12th and
probably first half of the 13th century were farmers. The finds
show further that leatherwork and possibly also bonework were
manufactured in Leiden.
drs. D.P. Hallewas
Kleine Haag 2
3811 EH AMERSFOORT