Brandes Excavation

One of our former excavators at Bamburgh runs his own excavation in France and has sent over a poster promoting this season’s work. If anyone is interested in a French dig this year then do check it out. It almost follows on from Bamburgh if you were keen to expand their season.

 

ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG
Medieval mining village of Brandes
XIe – XIVe – France – Alpe d’Huez
July 22th – August 31st, 2013

At the end of the 11th century, in the very heart of the Oisans massif, the Dauphiné lord established a mining village 1800 m above sea level in order to exploit a rich silver vein. The mining community developed until the middle of the 14th century. Both remains of production structures (open-cast and underground mines, mineralurgical workshops, waterworks …) and ruins of the village (a fortified tower, a parish church and its cemetery, about 80 miners dwellings, artcraft shops) were preserved on this site, unique in Europe.
The village was studied continuously since 1977 by a CNRS multidisciplinary team : archives research, territory and environmental studies, subterranean surveys, extensive excavations are conducted t o try and understand the mining settlement in a global way. The 2013 excavation campaign will consist to finish an extensive dig on a wide hydraulic distribution and grinding ore area, in one of the industrial sectors.

Direction :
M.C. Bailly-Maître, (SRS, CNRS) and N. Minvielle (Phd student) – UMR 7298 – LA3M – Aix en Provence
Registration fees : 15 Euros – Indoor accommodation and meals are provided – Six working days /
week – Good physical condition required –
Registration and information : gemarcheo@wanadoo.fr – Send CV and cover letter
GROUPE D’ETUDE DES MINES ANCIENNES
1 rue des Alpes 38600 FONTAINE
Tel/fax 04 76 26 36 03
E mail gemarcheo@wanadoo.fr
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