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Below the surface: the archaeological finds of the Amsterdam North/South metro line

June 14, 2018

On June 13th the results of the 15-year archaeological research that took place during the construction of the North/South metro line were presented. The finds tell the history of Amsterdam. It is about 'stuff' that Amsterdammers threw in the river Amstel through the centuries.

On June 13th the results of the 15-year archaeological research that took place during the construction of the North/South metro line were presented. The finds tell the history of Amsterdam. It is about 'stuff' that Amsterdammers threw in the river Amstel through the centuries. Curious? Check out belowthesurface.amsterdam. Fabrique was responsible for the concept and the visual and UX design of the website, together with Q42 as technical partner.

The North/South metro line follows the bed of the river Amstel. Led by city archaeologist Jerzy Gawronski, the archaeologists of Amsterdam have made almost 700.000 finds in the construction sites of the North / South line. 20.000 of these finds are shown on the Belowthesurface.amsterdam website.

The 20,000 archaeological finds provide background data on use, material, origin and dating. With a timeline that starts before our era and that runs until 2005, this enormous collection makes great leaps in time. You can see toys from the 15th century, for example, toys from the 18th century or a plastic gun from today.

Create your own online overview with ‘canal stuff’

The archaeological finds from the North/South line can not only be viewed passively. Get started and create your own online overview with favourite artefacts on the Below the Surface website! You can add each find in the overview to a personal display that you can design and then publish.

You can also admire the finds in the showcases at metro station Rokin, in the photo catalog Spul and the documentary 'Amstel, mirror of the city'. Curious about other websites that Fabrique has designed? Click here.

The site 'Belowthesurface.amsterdam' was developed by Monumenten & Archeologie and the CTO Innovation team of the City of Amsterdam in collaboration with Q42 and Fabrique.

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