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Archaeology

Prehistory/Protohistory

Due to the renovation and extension of the museum, the collection is not currently on view.

An abundance of flint tools, ceramics, bone points, necklaces and as well as bronze objects – armoury, tools, decorative pieces etc. - are all evidence of human presence in the region for at least 80,000 years.

The Museum's collection allows an interesting parallel to be drawn between the general history of prehistoric man as illustrated through the Audibert collection (items largely collected outside the Lodeve region, therefore offering a more global view) and the particular history shown through findings from different excavations made in the upper valley of the Herault.

The richest area of this collection comes from the Neolithic period, when man began settling the area (evidenced by multiple burials at the Fontanilles cave and large water carriers at the Maurous cave).

The presence of bronze deposits (armoury, tools, decorative pieces and ingots) at Roque-Courbe confirms the influence of the Etruscan civilisation in southern Gaul during the Iron Age.

Antiquity

During the Gallo-Roman period, the production and trading of ceramics grew rapidly in the Languedoc. The Museum's collection offers a significant glimpse of this growth through the collective yields of excavations at Salelles-du-Bosc and Aspiran and from the heart of Lodeve itself where a number of amphorae and sigillata have been found.

Middle Ages

From the last days of Antiquity, an Episcopal see was established in Lodeve, and during the 10th century the first Viscounts of Lodeve were established.

The Medieval collection is the sum of both the Archaeological and Fine Art collections. These consist primarily of carved stonework. Featured prominently are a beautiful set of capitals and a remarkable collection of disk-shaped steles, proud reminders of the region’s cultural heritage.