After 2000 years of mystery, the important Gallo-Roman port city of the Fâ in Barzan today reveals its secrets and allows you to live an archeological and playful adventure for the whole family.
It was in June 1975 that an intensive aerial survey revealed to Jacques Dassié, an engineer with a passion for aerial archeology and a lover of Saintonge's heritage, the unity of a Gallo-Roman city extending from the farm to the estuary, To the cove of Caillaud.
The site, which partly sleeps under 40 hectares of cultivated fields, virgin of any construction, today enjoys a sustained valorization, promoted by the General Council of Charente-Maritime, through the Joint Union for the valorisation Of the Fâ site.
It is the subject of regular excavation campaigns.
Max, 9 years old, and his classmates play explorers on the site of the Fâ.
We went to Barzan with my class. We were going to do archaeological diggings at the Fâ historical site! Our teacher explained what we would be doing that day. It reminded me of when we played at explorers with my cousin in my grandparents' garden. We had a competition to see who could find the biggest treasure!
The bus came to collect us in front of the school. It set off once everyone was properly settled in.
I already know the Gallo-Roman town. My parents took me there this summer with my sister to see a historical re-enactment. There were Roman soldiers dressed and armed like in Caesar's time! I even tried out a sword with some of them! There were all sorts of activities to do! I tried a bit of archery and I helped make some chain mail. It was fabulous!
After about twenty minutes the bus arrived at the site which lies between the estuary and the fields.
We were met by a demonstrator. After explaining the various digging techniques we got into groups of three. I was with Alexia and Jérôme. We went to our square in the diggings with our tools: bucket, trowel and spade – the archaeologist's perfect kit!
Let's start! The first thing we did was to identify the historical remains and clean them thoroughly using brushes. We described what we had found and made sketches of the remains found at this particular place on our record sheet.
Then all the groups got together to interpret the results of all the diggings. We sorted the items found according to categories, helped by the demonstrator.
The workshop lasted a good two hours. It was very interesting! Our teacher even took a few photos. We'll be able to use them for our presentation when we get back to our school!