|Town and former municipality|
Geldrop in 1866
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It is also known for having a neighbourhood with streets named after characters and elements from the works of JRR Tolkien.
Archaeology in Geldrop
Geldrop has proven a fertile ground for archaeological digs, with finds from various historical and prehistorical eras.
The exact age of Geldrop isn't known. Through the years, several archaeological finds were made which testify to prehistoric occupants.
Where over 10.000 years ago reindeer hunters of the so-called Ahrensburg culture placed their tents, the finds on the Geldrops grounds included, among other things, two toes with engraving. On one of them a reindeer horn was represented, on the other one a dancing little girl who got nicknamed "The Venus of Mierlo".
Finds in the south of Zesgehuchten (a district of Geldrop) indicate small settlements from the New Stone Age (about 3000 BC).
Finds from the Roman Period and the early Middle Ages have been found off Genoenhuis and Hoog Geldrop (districts in Geldrop). In the autumn of 1989, archaeological diggings at the nearby 't Zand Cemetery found four settlements from the late Roman Period and the Middle Ages: a period which covers the years between 350 and 1225 AD.
Famous people from Geldrop
- Dries van Agt (born 1931), former prime minister
- Ernest Faber (born 1971), footballer for PSV and the Netherlands national football team
- A. F. Th. van der Heijden (born 1951), writer
- Pieter van den Hoogenband (born 1978), swimmer, Winner Olympic Gold
- Viktor Horsting (born 1969), fashion designer
- Lara Stone (born 1983), model
- Jeffrey Herlings (born 1994), motocross world champion
- Ad van der Meer and Onno Boonstra, Repertorium van Nederlandse gemeenten, KNAW, 2006.
- J. Kuyper, Gemeente Atlas van Nederland, 1865-1870, "Geldrop". Map of the former municipality, around 1868.
- Website Geldrop
- Graffiti in the Coevering, Geldrop (2006)
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