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Zwijndrecht, Belgium

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Zwijndrecht (ˈzʋɛi̯ndrɛxt) is both a village and a municipality located in the Flemish province of Antwerp, in Belgium. As well as Zwijndrecht proper, the municipality includes the village of Burcht. In 2021, Zwijndrecht had a total population of 19,263. History Origin of the name The name Zwijndrecht is derived from the old Germanic words "swina drifti." The words "swina" and "drifti" are synonyms and both mean creek. "Drifti" evolved from dhreghi>drigti>dricht to drecht; the suffix –drecht appears frequently in place-names north of the river Scheldt, where streams and creeks are abundant. Early history While very little archaeological excavation has been done in the municipality of Zwijndrecht itself, numerous findings have been documented in the surrounding region, which is referred to as the Waasland. These have indicated occupation in the area from as early as the end of the Neolithic Period (2200-1800 B.C.). Numerous indications of Roman occupation
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