Normandy: In Gisors and Andelys, Demonstrations on Archeology Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June

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In Normandy, the last archaeological excavations in Andelys date back to 2013 in the area of ​​Marguerite where is located the fire and rescue center.

In Normandy on the 16th and 17th June (re) discover Château-Gaillard and the Poussin museum in Andelys, and also the chapel of the leprosarium of Gisors during the National Days of Archeology.

In Normandy, as part of the National Days of Archeology, activities will be offered throughout the weekend at Andelys (at the Nicolas Poussin museum and Chateau-Gaillard) and Gisors (at the chapel of the leprosarium).

In Andelys

  • At the Nicolas Poussin museum

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June from 2pm to 6pm: visit and animation around the profession of archeologist and the archeology of the gesture. For all. Free entry.

Discovery of the new scenography of the archeology room of the museum. Booklet on the archeology of the gesture, the imprint left by the gesture of the human being.

The archeology of the gesture is to find, using scientific methods, the gestures of the past, whether from prehistory or history. This reconstitution of the gesture helps to find know-how.

  • At Château-Gaillard

– Family workshops for children from 6 years (45 min) to 11:30, 14:30 and 16:30. What is archeology? What are the major dates in the history of archeology? What tools does an archaeologist use? These are the questions that participants will answer through exchanges and games before carrying out searches themselves.

– thematic tours (about 1 hour) at 11:30, 14:30 and 16:30.

After explaining the principles of archeology, the visit will allow participants to understand how the archaeological excavations at Château-Gaillard have been able to provide answers on the origins of the fortress .

Visitors will travel throughout the site (high court, backyard and advanced work) to relive the most important discoveries.

In Gisors

During the last excavations of 2013, skeletons had been discovered in the chapel of the leprosarium of Gisors.
During the last excavations of 2013, skeletons had been discovered in the chapel of the leprosarium of Gisors. (© L’Impartial)

As part of the National Days of Archeology organized by the Ministry of Culture and Communication, the City of Gisors has chosen to present to the public the chapel of the leper colony.

Located Rouen road , it had been the object in 2013 of excavations which had revealed the presence of skeletons.

Few written sources provide information on the leprosarium whose history remains undisclosed inscribed in the basement.

Diagnostic campaigns carried out in 1996, 2012 and 2013 in and around its chapel Saint-Luc give a glimpse of the archaeological potential of a site still “poorly known heritage of Gisors”.

A good opportunity to visit this building in which are still visible two excavations.

Without a direct link with archeology, this visit is also an opportunity to discover the “Last Judgment”, murals by Miodrag Djuric dit Dado.

The guides of the heritage service of the town hall of Gisors invite the public to discover or rediscover also two major sites of the heritage of the city: the Castle and the church.

Guided tours of the Gisors Leprosarium in Normandy are on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June.

Departures at 10am, 11am, 2pm, 3pm, 5pm and 6pm ​​(go to the Chapel at the times indicated with its ticket). 

Rates monument: full price 5 € / reduced price 4 €. 

Tickets on sale at the Tourist Office.

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