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France to build biggest archaeological park in Europe

The oppidum of Alésia is one of the most famous archaeological sites in France, but until recent years it was suffering from its lack of visibility and from the small surface of the museum in Alise-Sainte-Reine. A large part of the 7000 hectares (oppidum and Cesar's fortifications) is covered by a forest that makes difficult to understand the site.

The council of the French department of Côte d'Or, to whom the site belongs, decided to change this situation in 2004 and launched a big programme to build an open air archaeological park
The Bernard Tschumi Architects Agency won the project with an ambitious plan: a synergy between History and Landscape will help visitors to understand successively the besieger and the besieged points of view and to discover the different cultures that occupied the site during the first centuries A.D. The future park is divided in two parts:
- The Besieger Interpretation Center and a partial reconstruction of the roman fortified lines will introduce the Gallic War.
- The museum of Gallic civilization, the « excavation area », and the base of archaeological operations will explain more generally the human occupation of the site.

With a gradual opening that should begin in 2010, Alésia's Park will be the biggest archaeological park of Europe and will give back to the site the recognition it deserves.

To find out more, contact the society in charge :
SEM Alésia - 25 bis, rue du Rochon - 21150 ALISE-SAINTE-REINE / Tel : 0033 (0)3 80 96 96 23
Website :

(Camille Daval - ArchéoMédia, March 2008)

For animations of the Alésia MuséoParc see:

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Chance Posted by Chance
16th May 2009ce
Edited 15th June 2009ce

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