Implementation of sustainable urban drainage systems to preserve cultural heritage – pilot Motte Montferland

Floris Boogaard, Ronald Wentink, Michel Vorenhout, Johannes de Beer

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The shallow subsurface in historic cities often contains extensive archaeological remains, also known as cultural deposits. Preservation conditions for naturally degradable archaeological remains are strongly dependent on the presence or absence of groundwater. One of the main goals at such heritage sites is to establish a stable hydrological environment. Green infrastructural solutions such as Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) can support preservation of cultural deposits. Several cases show that implementation of SUDS can be cost effective at preservation of cultural deposits. These include Motte of Montferland, City mound of Vlaardingen, Weiwerd in Delfzijl, and the Leidse Rijn area. In all cases, the amount of underground infrastructure is minimised to prevent damaging cultural layers. SUDS have been implemented to preserve cultural heritage. The first monitoring results and evaluation of the processes give valuable lessons learned, transnational knowledge exchange is an important element to bring the experiences across boundaries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)328-341
JournalConservation and Management of Archaeological Sites
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2016


  • groundwater
  • water management
  • sustainability
  • historical buildings


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