Archaeologists claim to have proved that Julius Caesar set foot on what is now Dutch soil, destroying two Germanic tribes in a battle that left 150,000 people dead.
The tribes were massacred in the fighting with the Roman emperor in 55BC, on a battle site now known to be in Kessel, in the southern province of Brabant.
Skeletons, spearheads, swords and a helmet have been unearthed at the site over the past three decades – but until now have not been linked to Caesar’s battle. …
The two tribes, the Tencteri and the Usipetes, came from an area east of the Rhine and had asked Caesar for asylum.
But the Roman emperor refused and ordered his eight legions and cavalry to destroy them, the university said.