In Arzon, the Tumiac tumulus will see the right to “subtle” developments

In Arzon, the Tumiac tumulus will see the right to “subtle” developments
In Arzon, the Tumiac tumulus will see the right to “subtle” developments

With more than 6,000 years of history, the Tumiac tumulus has seen a lot, and it is not ready to be abandoned. Continuing the issues of conservation of megalithic monuments, with a view to the UNESCO file, its cousin, the Petit Mont cairn will see the rise of a new reception and mediation building whose work begins in May 2024. Although its access is closed, Tumiac is not left behind and will also be entitled to a few tassels.

Prioritize conservation or security?

It finally had the right to a major clean-up, in 2022. Led by the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs (Drac) and by the Architects of Buildings of France, the technical services of the Arzon town hall had cleared the nicknamed “ Caesar’s Mound. “Its state of conservation is not qualified enough,” explains Victoire Doris, director of Megalith Landscapes. Inside, there have been cave-ins preventing scientists from carrying out scans and preventing any visitors from entering. “It is unfortunately a danger for walkers and for himself.” The path that leads to Tumiac is still accessible. The Agglo also contributes its contribution through people in professional integration: “Gulf of Morbihan Vannes agglomeration takes care of the specific maintenance of dry stones,” adds Victoire Doris.

If the tumulus of Tumiac suffers the course of time, the town hall of Arzon seems to bear the weight of the file and the care to be provided. “We’re going step by step. There have been discussions recently, but the development study is still in progress,” declared Frédérique Gauvain, mayor of the town, without further details. To avoid further damaging the site, an option without humans has not been ruled out: sheep. But what about animal safety and the consequences of trampling? “Ultimately, if the option is retained, it will only be around the perimeter of the site,” specifies Victoire Doris.

“Low impact developments”

In a process of mediation of Tumiac, with its 56 meters in diameter and its 15 meters in height, some additions are thought of, but not yet implemented. “There will be minimal impact developments for the monument,” reveals Victoire Doris. For example, information panels or signage are discussed. All this will be subtle.” Despite its exterior simplicity, the Tumiac site is a site of global archaeological interest, in the same way as the tumuli of Carnac and Locmariaquer, for their unique construction techniques. Excavated in 1853 by the Polymathique du Morbihan society, the monument revealed objects of great historical value, including jadeite axes and variscite jewelry.

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