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Archaeological remains from the 13th century found in Notre-Dame


Archaeological remains from the 13th century found in Notre-Dame

Paris, Mar 14 (Prensa Latina) French Ministry of Culture announced the discovery of important archaeological remains in one of the side aisles of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in this capital, which could date back from the 13th century.
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The work unearthed one of the fragments of the ancient bulkhead, which is the elevated gallery between the nave and the choir, and “includes numerous burials and rests on occupation levels dated to the 14th century, which are installed on floors that may date to the early 13th century,” the Ministry’s statement said.

“The entire right-of-way is covered by a stony invert (a platform), dated to the 14th century at the latest,” the release explained, adding that a lead sarcophagus “probably” dating to the 14th century was also found.

The experts considered that these discoveries “will enrich our understanding of the history of Notre-Dame,” adding that the excavations will continue at least until March 25.

The discovery took place in the framework of the restoration works taking place in the temple, after the fire that destroyed the entire roof in April 2019, and for which a preventive excavation operation was required at the beginning of last February.


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