Archeology in French
The profession of an archaeologist in France can be obtained at special faculties at the universities of Paris, Lyon, Strasbourg or Lille. It should be borne in mind that the study of archeology in France, in contrast to Russia, takes place at art history faculties, and not at historical ones. With a Russian university diploma in higher education in history, it is possible to continue thematic studies at Master 1 departments, corresponding to the fourth year of the profession of an archaeologist. It is best to choose Pari faculty as part of the Sorbonne, where there are several departments for various archaeological specializations, including popular Egyptology, medieval studies (the study of the Middle Ages) and the Neolithic (new-age century). There are plenty of archaeologists in France, but there are plenty of job offers as well – field research is supported by the French Foreign Ministry, more than one hundred and sixty expeditions all over the world, in almost seventy countries, including Russia.
The latest discoveries of French archaeologists
French archaeologists work not only in the territory of their country, but throughout the world, sometimes making surprising discoveries that greatly expand our knowledge of ancient history.
Here are some of the most interesting studies in recent years:
Known since 1990, the cave of Brunikel in the south-western part of France unexpectedly presented archeologists with a surprise by discovering another secret: in the depths, where there is no natural light, the researchers found nothing but a palisade built by primitive people from stalagmites about one hundred and eighty thousands of years ago.
The Alps, which more than once surprised the world with the works of art of the ancient inhabitants of our planet, now presented to all lovers of rock paintings another work found at an altitude of two thousand meters above sea level. The work found by archaeologists using a special scanner made it possible to add to the world collection an interesting image of animals that lived on our planet hundreds of thousands of years ago.
The French archeologists who worked in the “City of the Dead” (territory of Sudan) discovered a whole set of ancient tablets with temple texts numbering about two thousand seven hundred years.
Near the city of Vienne in the south-east of France, ruins have been found that resemble a legendary city that was destroyed during a volcanic eruption, for which the place was named “Little Pompeii”.
On the territory of Brittany, in the town of Langrole-sur-Las, you can now see the remains of Gallo-Roman buildings recently discovered by archeologists: a magnificent house with a colonnade on a hill and a huge bath complex with an area of more than 400 square meters with two pools and heated floors.
Several years ago, thanks to the work of archaeologists, champagne burial of the Celtic Prince, who lived in the 5th century, became known in Champagne. BC. and sent to the afterlife, along with the chariot and numerous household items of Greek and Etruscan origin.
In Oman, as a result of field work, a unique collection of weapons dating from the Iron Age period, that is, about two and a half thousand years old, was found.
French antiquities collections
The archaeological museums of France traditionally contain not only finds found on the territory of the country itself, but also of other states where French specialists work. There are eight large collections of antiquities in France:
National Museum of Prehistory in the Dordogne department with a rich archaeological collection of different times;
the famous Terra Amata, an open-air museum in Nice, on the site of the Lower Paleolithic site (with a controversial dating back four hundred thousand years ago);
the Evreux Museum in Upper Normandy, in the basements of the Episcopal Cathedral, possessing a unique bronze statue of the Roman god of sky and thunderstorm, Jupiter Stator;
Barguen Museum in Auvergne, famous for its ritual Gallic objects and a rich numismatic collection;
the Nicolas Poussin Museum in Upper Normandy, which has a rich collection of artifacts of the Gallo-Roman era;
the museum of Rouen, located in the old building of the convent;
the Museum of Limoges with an amazing collection of enamels, set up in the Bishops’ Palace, surrounded by a beautiful garden;
a large archaeological collection at the Lyon Museum of Fine Arts, mostly represented by Egyptian antiquities.
Living in your own or a foreign country, each person is simply obliged to get acquainted with its history, to visit local areas related to the development and formation of modern life. The company Cofrans can help with the organization of a thematic archaeological tour, as well as employees of the company will tell you where and under what conditions you can get a special education in France.