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         Section I - Rennes-le-Château before Bérenger Saunière

From prehistoric times to the Roman occupation

The site of Rennes-le-Château has been occupied by man since the most distant times. The discovery of piles of bones and skulls in various spots near the village and on the surrounding plateau indicates that the locality was inhabited long before the Roman occupation of Gaul.

Prehistoric carved stone This sandstone block was found at the foot of the Rennes plateau and is today on display near the Town Hall: carved into its surface are a dozen or so cruciform symbols.

 

Did you know…? In 1984 a number of dinosaur eggs were uncovered during excavations by a team led by Gérard Breton at the foot of the Rennes plateau: they have attracted much scientific interest.

 

Documents

"Mémoire sur deux roues de char antique qui sont dans le Cabinet de l’Académie",
in Mémoires de l’Académie de Toulouse, vol. II, 1784. 

Alexandre du Mège de la Haye, Archéologie Pyrénéenne,
Delboy Libraire éditeur, Toulouse 1862. ›  

R. Chirent, "Rennes-le-Château abrite un homme fossile"
in La Dépêche du Midi, 16.3.1966. ›  

Antoine Fagès, "Découvertes d’un ossuaire à Rennes-le-Château"
in Bulletin de la Société d’Etudes Scientifiques de l’Aude, Vol.18, 1907, pp. XLVI-XLVII. ›  

Albert Grenier, P.-M. Duval, "Rennes-les-Bains" in Carte Archéologique de la Gaule romaine pour le département de l’Aude (fascicule XII), Union académique internationale, 1959. ›  

Further reading

Kenneth Carpenter, Eggs, Nests, and Baby Dinosaurs (1999), p. 12.

Jean Fourié, Rennes-le-Château : L’histoire de Rennes-le-Château
antérieure à 1789
, Jean Bardou, 1984. ›  

Breton G, Fournier R, Watt J-P. 1986. "Le lieu de ponte de dinosaures de Rennes-le-Chateau (Aude); Premiers resultats de la campagne de fouilles 1984". Annal. Mus. Havre 32:113. 

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Contributors Corjan De Raaf, Patrick Mensior, Octonovo, Morgan Roussel, Paul Saussez, Marcus Williamson.

Translation Karen McDermott Art Director Mariano Tomatis