Merovingian Shipwreck (7th-8th centuries)

Le cap'tain et Dany

Discovered in 2013 during an archaeological survey in the old clogged bed of the Lugan estey, in Villenave-d’Ornon (33), a Merovingian wreck of the fluvio-maritime type was the subject of a major archaeological excavation phase conducted in 2019 and 2022. Radiocarbon dating has given the boat a chronological range of between the 7th and 8th centuries – In order to provide information on the construction and history of this wreck, all of the wood extracted during the excavation was the subject of archaeodendrometric surveys conducted in part during the dismantling worksite – More than 300 pieces of wood were thus xylologically identified (oak, chestnut, beech, birch, linden, alder, elder. …), dendromorphological and tracery surveys to describe the cutting/shaping of the wood, and dendrochronological surveys to date the felling phases of the trees used in a relative and absolute manner.

Collaboration: INRAP – Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives – Head of operations Laurent Grimbert, Marc Guyon

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