About fifteen kilometers west of Paris, the castle of Saint-Germain-en-Laye was first a royal residence, Louis VI the Gros, Saint-Louis and Louis XIV. In 1862, Napoleon III decided to restore the castle and to install the collections of national archeology. The museum, renovated by Malraux, now houses national antiquities from the earliest settlements of France until the year 1000. It retains the finest known collections of prehistoric art engraved and carved, including the female head of Brassempouy is one of the masterpieces

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From Alesia to Rome, the archaeological adventure of Napoleon III

19 September 2020 3 January 2021
During the 19th century, archaeology found itself at the heart of new political and scientific issues. On one hand, the European states competed to acquire knowledge of vanished cultures and to build their national identity. On the other hand, real excavation sites are being opened, using new techniques and innovative tools. Emblematic of this double movement, the archaeological excavations undertaken at the...

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