Friday, June 27, 2008

Ye Olde Paris

Parts of Paris have been dated back to 4,500 B.C. Specifically, the part near the Gare de Lyon, at Bercy, where remains of hunting and fishing village was found. Now, new dig evidence shows that Stone Agers were at least visitng as far back as 7,600 B.C--10,000 years ago! Read all about it at the UK Independent site. Or if you read French, here is INRAP's site. (this picture is from there)

At the southwestern edge of the city on the banks of the Seine--where millenia of silt has protected the evidence--archaeologists from Imrap have found arrowheads. The site was apparently a spot where mesolithic people sorted out their usable flints from the garbage. Ironically, the area will become a recycling station when the research is done and the archaeological dig is covered up.

This new, older site is about a mile from the Eiffel Tower in the 15th arrondisement.

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