Doucier / Fontenu / Marigny | Lac de Chalain. rive occidentale
In 1904, following the artificial and sudden lowering of the lake’s water level for the sake of hydroelectric exploitation, thousands of wooden piles (pile dwellings) and objects used in the day-to-day life (pottery, tools made in stone and bones, textiles, wooden container, pirogue…) were discovered along the whole western bank.
Excavations were conducted between 1986 and 2002 and a list of 32 pile dwellings, ranging from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age (3700 – 800 BC) was compiled. These sites are testament to settlements of farming communities, placed in a defensive position on the lakeshores.
Neolithic / Bronze Age
3700 - 800 B.C.
Size of the site 50,65 ha / approx. 71 soccer pitches
Size of the bufferzone 96,83 ha / approx. 135 soccer pitches
Special features & highlights
First find of a Neolithic travois with yoke
Pile dwellings up close
Espace archéologique de Clairvaux-les-Lacs
Salle des fêtes
9 rue du Parterre
39130 Clairvaux-les-Lacs – France
Opening hours and information:
33(0)3 84 25 27 47 / 33(0)7 76 96 35 02
Guided tour “plage-expo” on reservation