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The archaeological work

Excavation in the courtyard Saint Aignan Excavation in the courtyard Saint Aignan
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Before the courtyard was dug out to create the museum’s auditorium, exploratory excavation was done in the courtyard and garden. The work was directed by Pierre-Jean Trombetta of the Ile-de-France Regional Archaeology Service.

Digging revealed the foundations of the buildings demolished to build the existing one : dating from the late 15th century and the first half of the 16th century (walls, refuse pit, septic pit). Remains linked to agricultural activity dating from the 13th and 14th centuries were also discovered.

These remains were found over a depth of 3.5 metres and were particularly abundant in the courtyard.

A ten-person archaeological team continued the excavations during the second half of 1994.

This dig was particularly important historically as it was the first major excavation in the medieval city between Philippe Auguste's rampart and the fortified monastery of the Templars.

Various archaeological finds will be exhibited in the museum to illustrate the history of this area of the city prior to the mansion’s construction.

 
 

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