While situated close to the "Roman" Tongeren, a lot of traces from the Roman empire were found in the fertile soil of Hoeselt. In 1066 this village came under the surveillance of Hoei; it was in that time still named Housle (Hus+Lo: house by the forest). These forests of Hoeselt were cultivated in the 12th and 13th century.
Later on, Hoeselt was part of the Frankish Kingdom; and then its territory fell under the Bishop of Liège.
The old centre of Hoeselt, with its triangular shape, and the "motheuvel", both show the influence of its Frankish past.