Town and former municipality
Geldrop in 1866
|• Total||13.35 km2 (5.15 sq mi)|
Geldrop is a town in the Dutch province of North Brabant. It is located in the municipality of Geldrop-Mierlo.
Geldrop was a separate municipality until 2004, when it merged with Mierlo.
Geldrop is noted for having a neighbourhood with streets named after characters and elements from the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.
The spoken language is "Geldrops", a distinct dialect within the East Brabantian dialect group and very similar to colloquial Dutch.
Road: Geldrop is linked with Eindhoven to the east by A67 motorway.
Railway: Geldrop railway station.
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.