Notre-dame de paris

An important archaeological discovery before the Reconstruction

Many 14th century burials have been discovered.


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BThe French Ministry of Health announced on Monday that a number of tombs, including a 14th-century lead sarcophagus, had been unearthed during archaeological excavations ahead of reconstruction work on the tower of Notre-Dame de Paris.



According to the ministry, the remains are of “significant scientific quality”.

They were discovered crossing the pedestrian crossing of the cathedral, partially destroyed by the fire of April 2019.

In the tombs, “a lead anthropological sarcophagus, entirely preserved and discovered”. According to the same source, it was “a high official, probably belonging to the 14th century”.

Immediately below the present level of the cathedral paving, “the presence of a buried pit with polychrome carved elements has been identified as belonging to the old wooden screen of Notre-Dame. [tribune formant une clôture de pierre ou de bois et séparant le chœur liturgique de la nef, NDLR]Built in 1230 and demolished at the beginning of the 18th century.

During her work, in the middle of the 19th century, the creator of Spire, Violet-Le-Duck, discovered other fragments of this root screen, now on display at the Louvre Museum.