Friday, June 24, 2011

Excavations in the centre of Bondy : vestiges from almost two thousand years ago

For more than six years, several operations of preventive archaeology have been carried out in the centre of Bondy. The successive excavations have revealed, between the Church and the Hôtel de Ville, traces of ancient and medieval occupations, dating from the 3rd to the 11th centuries AD. This quarter is at present the object of a new urban planning project by Bondy Habitat. Inrap and the Office of Archaeology of Seine-Saint-Denis have associated in order to excavate this site, curated by the State (Drac, Île-de-France).

Between the 3rd and the 5th centuries AD, a vast necropolis was established on the site. With more than 400 graves, it has now been partially excavated. The deceased were placed in coffins of which archaeologists have sometimes found traces of wood and some nails. Brought to light in 2007, seven stone sarcophagi, aligned on a north-south axis, marked the limit of the necropolis. An eighth sarcophagus is at present being excavated.

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