Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sum. A necropolis from the Merovingian discovery – Ouest-France

At least 600 skeletons, prepared to about 1.50 meters underground, out of reach of conventional metal detectors. Archaeologists discovered a necropolis from the Merovingian (sixth-eighth century) to Monchy-Lagache, the Somme, said Thursday the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap).

C ‘ is at an archaeological evaluation, requested by the prefecture as part of the construction of a school in this village Picard, this unique cemetery has been uncovered. In July, archaeologists have opened about 12% of the surface, digging four skeletons “allowing to extrapolate a number of graves amounting to a minimum of 600 or 800″ said AFP Richard Rougier, scientific and technical deputy director INRAP in charge of Picardy.

the population of an entire village?

“We can imagine that the tombs are particularly well preserved, we saw no trace looting “, added the specialist. And given the number of skeletons and the presence of children’s graves, it is probably of the population of an entire village.

As a reminder, in 2014, a statuette representing an old chalk female figure of 23,000 years (Paleolithic) was discovered in Amiens. Indeed, Picardy has a high density of archaeological sites, with a very important buried heritage.


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