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In the Seine, objects found from prehistory to the present day at the Crypt of Notre Dame de Paris 4th

The exhibition offers a captivating portrait of the Parisian Seine through a collection of objects carefully collected in its bed or along its banks, exhibited within the route of the remains of the archaeological crypt of the Île de la Cité, in right in the heart of Paris. These artifacts, the result of in-depth research or meticulous collections, evoke the interactions between man and the river since Prehistory. Enriched by varied iconography and digital reconstructions, the exhibition brings together several archeology researchers and presents a remarkable collection of nearly 150 objects recovered from the Seine, each telling the story of Paris.


Date: From January 31, 2024

Location: Archaeological crypt of Paris

Desires: Notre Dame de Paris, History, urban planning





The Seine, which has shaped the city from the first human settlements to the present day, has hosted a diversity of objects, whether they were lost, thrown, fallen, or carried away by the currents. Each of these artifacts bears witness to the eventful history of the Seine, its geographical evolution, its developments, its landscapes, but also the different populations who have shaped its banks with their lifestyles, their beliefs and their struggles. Presented chronologically, these discoveries also offer an exploration of the scientific methods used to interpret and date the remains and associated archaeological objects.

The exhibition begins by tracing the first human settlements along the banks of the Seine in prehistoric times, then explores the first developments made by the Romans in ancient times. The medieval and modern periods reveal varied finds, ranging from weapons to votive offerings and even trash. Even today, chance discoveries reveal weapons and fragments of architecture. Broadening its perspective, the exhibition also explores the Seine upstream and downstream of Paris, evoking its sources in Burgundy, an ancient fishery in Aube, and a Paleolithic site in Clichy-la Garenne.

Date: From January 31, 2024

Location: Archaeological crypt of Paris

Desires: Notre Dame de Paris, History, urban planning

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