European Archeology Day: 1,300-year-old shipwreck excavation site near Bordeaux

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In Wilnerv Dornon, archaeologists are excavating the remains of a mysterious sailing ship dating back to the 8th century on the banks of the Garonne River. An exceptional discovery published this Saturday.

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To see the shipwreck, you need to cross the wasteland of Wilnerv Dornon (Gironde) near Bordeaux. After that, you will arrive at the base set up by archaeologists. Several prefabricated buildings and large marquees protect a wooden hull buried underground on the banks of the Garonne River, the wreckage of a ship dating back to the 8th century. Laurent Grimbert, head of the excavation, will reveal the progress of the site during European Archeology Day (17-19 June). “The first forest appears at a depth of 1.40m. So far the ones taken out have arrived manually. Can the extraction be much more complicated and need to go through a saw blade? Check if you want to cut off the dowels. “

The boat watered “every 30 minutes”

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It’s a real race against time. Archaeologist Laurent Grimbert explains that archaeologists at the National Institute of Preventive Archeology (Inrap) need to extract all the elements of this old sailing vessel that must be constantly watered until mid-September. : “We water every 30 minutes on a regular basis so that it doesn’t deteriorate, and close and cover at night. But despite all, when we’re there all week, we’re in the water There is a part of the forest that is not soaked, so we have to go fast. ” Move quickly to clean the hull of sediment and continue the head of excavation: “We searched for deposits and recovered everyday things. They are very few. We mainly have ceramic debris and some animal bones.”

“When the boat sank, they could have come to get their stuff back, and we really left behind what could have been fossilized under the floor that wasn’t washed away by the tide. only.

Laurent Grimbert, Head of Archaeological Investigation

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There are few clues to the history of the ship. Once extracted, the shell fragments pass beneath the Didier Pousset microscope. “Here is an element of the floor of the European red pine. And to reflect the growth profile of the tree, we measure each annual ring to a hundredth of a millimeter. This provides historical information and implementation techniques. It provides information about. In fact, it tells us a lot. “

Only one other boat dating back to this time has been caught in France so far.“The site of Wilnerv Dornon represents an extraordinary discovery. Dominik Garcia, director of the Institute for Preventive Archeology, says. Beyond the boat itself, what we are trying to understand is the conditions of commercial activity during this period and the economic exploitation of the sector. ” The future of this shipwreck is undecided. Archaeologists want it to be rebuilt in the museum.

Source: Francetvinfo

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