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431 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201A Gallic necropolis, dating back a century before Christ, was recently discovered by a team of archaeologists at the foot of the beach in Urville-Nacqueville.  So far, about 30 graves have been uncovered.  Funeral urns containing ashes, and skeletons of children and animals also have been identified. The funerary urns, particularly well preserved, were found at a depth of two meters.  375 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201378 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201379 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201The person in charge of the excavations is archaeologist Anthony Lefort from the University of Bourgogne.  According to him, this discovery demonstrates that trade already existed with our British neighbors and that the region around Urville-Nacqueville was a large, important port village.  376 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201421 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201The people who once lived here were of ancient Gaul and known as Unelli.  There are very few examples of Gallic necropolises in existence in western France.  An earlier dig in 2010 in Urville-Nacqueville uncovered Roman amphorae filled with Italian wine, as well as the workshop of a Unelli craftsman who made bracelets.  428 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201406 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201409 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201411 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201415 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201423 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201422 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201In order to access the graves and prevent the sea from eroding their discoveries, the archaeological team built a 30-meter dam of sand around the site.  414 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201418 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201419 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201Archaeologists must regularly evacuate seawater that seeps into the site so that skeletons can be examined before being sent to the laboratory at the University of Bordeaux.  420 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April-copy-1420 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201424 Nécropole gauloise, Urville-Nacqueville, April 28, 201Rising tides and the influx of summer tourists will mean that excavations must stop by May 13th.  More reportage can be found by watching the FRANCE 3 VIDEO.  Additional information for this article was translated from the original source documents which can be found here :

 

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