Archaeological digs

Up to twenty archaeologists from the Local Archaeological Department attended the season of archaeological digs conducted from May 2009 to February 2010.

This project met three different expectations :

  • Restoring the levels of medieval floors discovered during the studies of 2006,
  • Discovering the remains of the buildings that made up the priory,
  • Studying the tombs of the clergymen and lay people buried in different cemeteries.

Several elements about the priory’s origin were uncovered during this event:

  • The remains of a church from the year one thousand and its monastic buildings that made up the original monastery,
  • The remains of buildings assigned by the cloister that hosted the religious community who followed the Rule of St. Augustine,
  • Nearly 420 tombs of clergymen and lay people including women and children buried between the 12th and 18th century,
  • Various objects belonging to the community, often from a funerary context,
  • The truth about the geographical area around the priory, which was an island of the Loire until the late 16th century.

A centuries-old history

These findings were used to provide the public with a 3D model of the priory during the 12th, 14th and 16th centuries. A new area also allows visitors to discover the most outstanding objects from the dig and to better understand the long history of the Tours monastery.

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