THE EARLY-MEDIEVAL SETTLEMENT SITE AT "LA CHAPELLE,
The excavation carried out in 1996 near the village of Mesnil-Aubry featured a very high concentration of structures dating from the Carolingian period to the end of 12th century AD.
This settlement borders a secondary road system near two more important Roman roads and seems to have been founded on the site of an earlier Roman settlement. Even though the excavated area (0.5 ha) is only part of a much more vast ensemble, it is possible to observe how this settlement of the end of the Early middle ages was on both sides of the road. The Carolingian vestiges include huts, storage pits and furnaces and with a vast excavated surface. The occupation dating to the 10th-11th century is better apprehended and is composed of wooden buildings, hut foundations with anchor pits, as well as many storage pits. Finds illustrate the evolution of pottery during the 9th-11th century. The carpology and archaeozoology provide excellent data that put into perspective the settlement sites studied within a close perimeter.