HISTORY A diagnosis has been carried out for a week by Inrap teams, before the planting of several trees

Rennes  : Human bones discovered under the cobblestones of the Place de la Mairie

Human bones were discovered under the Place de la Mairie in Rennes, in January 2022. — C. Allain/20 Minutes

  • Several burials were discovered this week under the cobblestones of the Place de la Mairie in Rennes.
  • The bones, which could date back to the Middle Ages, will be analyzed.
  • The diagnosis carried out by Inrap precedes the planting of trees requested by the municipality.

The last time they had been Summers, it’s been May 1968 to be dumped on law enforcement. This week, the researchers from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research worked in a much calmer context. on the town hall square in Rennes. Committed to a diagnosis prior to the planting of trees between the town hall and the opera house, Inrap archaeologists have uncovered light several burials. Human bones belonging to three or four bodies were discovered on the square, but also an element of masonry, learned 20 Minutes, confirming information from Ouest-France.

Since Monday, two trenches have been open on the square. Two others will be pierced next week to continue this preliminary diagnosis. planting trees. If the elements discovered by Inrap reveal a strong archaeological and heritage interest, a more substantial excavation site could be carried out. In the meantime, the bones discovered have been removed for closer study.

The discovery of bones is not surprising in this part of the city inhabited since the Middle Ages. Before the construction of the opera house in the 19th century, burials had been made. found in the square, kept in schist chests.

Rennes: Human bones discovered under the cobblestones of the Place de la Mairie

The body of Louise de Quengo, who died in 1656, was é of all fabrics to Toulouse. – Inrap

Rennes got used to at the excavation sites in recent years. A very large number of bones, masonry and objects have been found. discovered under the former convent of the Jacobins, today transformed into in the congress centre. The scientists notably got their hands on the body of Louise de Quengo, found in exceptional condition 350 years after his death. Buried in a lead coffin with the reliquary of her husband's heart, the deceased was very well preserved. “We saw shoes, fabric… The textile was still flexible, it”s incredible,” l’Inrap. The hair was still present there. where usually only bones and teeth are found.