Castle life in Cabrespine?

Castle life in Cabrespine?
Castle life in Cabrespine?

A gathering of archeology students and village volunteers has just taken place,

in Cabrespine under the authority of Marie-Elise Gardel, archaeologist.

Adventure doesn’t have to be at the end of the world. The invitation to look beneath our feet during a visit to the remains of the castle responds to the enthusiasm of those curious about the history of the country, and more particularly the medieval era. To examine the ground here is to imagine the structure of castrum, the usual routes taken by its inhabitants, the activities linked to the mines. By clearing the rocky slopes of shrubs, the corners invaded by moss and lichens, treasures appear.

Boulins, holes dug in the stone to accommodate beams, cutting marks in the rock to create verticalities, residential walls, staircase steps, revive the life of the place.

Looking at the work that the villagers had to do, it is easy to imagine that the existence they led bore little resemblance to the castle life that an aristocrat or bishop of those times might have known.

Asked about the choice of Cabrespine castle for this exploration, Baptiste Al-Asmar, archeology student, emphasizes that “it is an important fortified place with a well-preserved castrum, cut into the rock and thanks to the involvement of the people of the village, the volunteers, the local archeology association as well as the investment of the town hall this project was able to develop.

A resident outbids: “It feels good to explore with young enthusiasts”.

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