On a plot of 10 acres adjoining the Merovingian
farm already reconstructed, an entire Frankish village was reconstituted,
according to excavations by archaeologist Didier Bayard,
in 1985/87, to Juvincourt and Damary (between Laon
This village contains five large
buildings including one of 53fts to 16fts, two pole barns, thirteen cabins with
2 or 4 poles, fence, well ... All this according to archaeological excavations.
What has been achieved in Marle is not a real "archaeological
experiment". It is more of a reconstruction of volumes
and the general appearance that could have a Merovingian hamlet at the
end of the sixth century rather than a genuine archaeological experiment to replicate
the techniques and gestures of the time.
Build a large archaeological park
intended to accommodate the public need to deal with the labor legislation in
force in the twenty-first century. Similarly, taking into account the geographic
location of the archaeological park (zone of confluence of two rivers), major
earthworks have been necessary to create a platform 3 feets high to protect the
reconstruction of a major flood.
To limit the costs of implementation, all assemblies
were simple. For example, only the roof of the granary No. 1 was assembled with
mortice-tenons. Chainsaws, modern scaffolding, ladders were the basic tools of
the carpenters. While the covers stubble Merovingian farm had already been made
using hazel rods and ligatures to the wicker, the chaumier have used this time
of modern means such as galvanized iron rods to replace the hazelnut and wire
to replace the wicker. All wood species are local. The reed used for the covers
came from Camargue.