View Full Version : Merovingian and Carolingian Burial Sites Discovered Near Paris

Hauke Haien
Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009, 05:21 AM
A team of French archaeo-anthropologists have discovered two burial sites dating from the Early Middle Ages in Noisy-le-Grand, a suburb of Paris. The discovery was made earlier this year.

The first site, Merovingian (5th-6th centuries) consisting of almost 300 graves, is characterised by plaster sarcophagi, the dead adorned with bead necklaces, ear-rings, brooches and plate buckles (belt). The sarcophagi, orientated east-west, are grouped by family and community.

The second one, Carolingian (8th-10th centuries) is marked by a change in funerary practices, where the bodies are unadorned, wrapped in a shroud and buried directly in the earth. It is believed these changes were due to restrictions by the Catholic church.


Noisy-le-Grand is first mentioned in the History of the Franks, by Gregory of Tours at the end of the 6th century AD, in which he mentions a "royal villa" and an oratory for prayer.

The archaeologists hope to learn much from the remains, including indications about the living conditions of the population of Noisy-le-Grand between the 5th and 10th centuries, their demographic profile, kinship links, and nutritional deficiencies.

Curated by the Regional Archaeological Service (DRAC Īle-de-France), this excavation covers 1,200 square meters, in an area that is about to go under construction for a new building complex.
Source: http://medievalnews.blogspot.com/2009/12/merovingian-and-carolingian-burial.html

Saturday, December 22nd, 2018, 06:13 AM
A second excavation campaign began last year...

Source: https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2017/10/large-medieval-necropolis-excavated-in.html#B5FgSz31p9eS3cEX.97