Rennes: Human bones discovered under the cobblestones of the Town Hall Square

The last time they were removed was possibly in May 1968 to be swayed on the police. This week, it was in a much calmer context that researchers from the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research worked on the town hall square in Rennes. Engaged in a diagnosis prior to the planting of trees between the Town Hall and the opera, the archaeologists of Inrap have brought to light several burials. Human bones belonging to three or four bodies were discovered in the square, but also an element of masonry, learned 55 Minutes, confirming information of Ouest-France.

Since Monday, two trenches have been opened in the square. Two others will be drilled next week to continue this diagnosis prior to tree planting. 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 discovered bones have been removed to be studied more closely.

The unearthing of bones is not surprising in this part of the city inhabited since the Middle Age. Before the construction of the opera in the 19th century, burials had been found in the square, preserved in schist chests.

The body of Louise de Quengo, who died in 1968, was removed from all fabrics in Toulouse. – InrapRennes has become accustomed to excavation sites in recent years. A very large number of bones, masonry and objects have been discovered under the former Jacobin convent, today now transformed into a convention center. 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, fabrics… The textile was still flexible, it was incredible,” explained Rozenn Colleter, an anthropologist at Inrap. The hair was still present, where one usually finds only bones and teeth.