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This link transforms an oak tree into a Neolithic curragh

This link transforms an oak tree into a Neolithic curragh

The Koruc association this Saturday, January 22, completed the felling of a large oak tree, nearly 35 meters high and 90 cm in diameter, reports France Blue. Located in the Bourse national forest, near Neuilly-le-Bisson (northeast of Alençon, in the Orne), it will provide an opportunity for this group of archaeologists and volunteers, who have been studying marine lifestyles and displacement for years fada. men and women during the Prehistoryto make it a Neolithic curragh.

“Clearly it requires concentration, energy and then perseverance. Then we left for several hours of logging in Neolithic mode”, confirms Philippe Guillonnet, an intervention specialist in Prehistory, in a full tree felling action . To accomplish this mission, the society sought to use tool replicas from the Neolithic period, the last period of prehistory (-5800 to -2500 years BC). “We use axes with a wooden handle and a polished blade to make it sharper and stronger,” warned Philippe Guillonnet.

Historical intervention and reconstruction

Before he started felling the tree, it was necessary to select it first. Marylène Galodé, a forest ranger in Bourse state forest, was then responsible for identifying the right profile. “The Koruc association was looking for an oak tree with very specific characteristics, in terms of height, diameter, so I focused my research on the so-called forest regeneration plots, places where we try to replace smaller trees. mature trees, “she says.” So I found two oak trees on a plot that was coming together and the association chose this one. “

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The construction of this curragh initially aims to engage the general public on prehistoric man-made construction and movement techniques. For Vincent Bernard, an archaeologist, researcher at the CNRS and president of the society, it is also “able to recreate many aspects of the daily lives of our ancestors, in areas that leave no trace and remain a mystery to archaeologists” . . It took ten hours for this large oak tree to fall. From now on, the hollow will be transported to Brittany, building the canoe there. The launch is scheduled for this summer during marine festivals

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