As part of the restoration and development of the Fort Louis, sponsored and piloted by the Saint-Martin Community (Direction des Archives territoriales et du
Heritage), the Department of Archeology of the Department of Cultural Affairs (Dac) of Guadeloupe prescribed a preventive archaeological
To assess the impact of the work on the monument. The diagnosis was made from 22 September to 7 October 2016 by a team of the Inrap (National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research).
A military fort
The military fort of Fort Louis was built in the eighteenth century on the heights of Marigot to defend the French part of the Isle of St. Martin of the enemy attacks. Its primary vocation was to defend the warehouses of the port of Marigot, where the harvests (salt, coffee, sugar cane, rum) were stored before falling into ruins and being abandoned.
The head of the operation, Emmanuel MOIZAN, archaeologist and Stéphanie DARGAUD, director of territorial archives and heritage,
The context and the framework of this diagnosis as well as its preliminary results,
Thursday 20 October from 18h to the Territorial Archives Rue JL Hamlet - Concordia 97150 Saint-Martin - Free admission in the limit of places available
This conference will be an opportunity to take stock of the current knowledge of Fort Louis.
The Territorial Archives of Saint-Martin
Open to the public on 8 December 2014, the Territorial Archives of St. Martin welcomed almost 700 readers and communicate about 1300 documents each year. The educational activities conceived and animated by the Territorial Archives have benefited 754 scholars in 2015. Two exhibitions have already been made, the last of which, presented between 15 September 2015 at 22 October 2016, "Archives of the soil, paper archives. Archeology in Saint-Martin (1950-2015) "(bilingual French / English exhibition, 18 mobile panels) which makes (re) discover the richness of the archaeological finds of this territory.
With these missions of preservation and enrichment of the heritage, scientific networking and mediation with the public, the Archives Directorate
Territorial and pilot heritage, under the impetus of the Community of Saint-Martin, the project of restoration and development of Fort Louis and its surroundings
As well as the inventory of the built heritage of Saint Martin (January 2016-Press Release 13 October 2016 December 2016) for a better knowledge of the architecture and the history as well as their valorization while respecting their preservation.
Interventions of the Inrap on the island of Saint-Martin
The Inrap intervened upstream of the various construction works for many years on the island of Saint-Martin to study vestiges dating as much from the pre-Columbian period as from the colonial period. Its scope of intervention concerns preventive archaeological diagnoses and excavations.
Two simultaneous interventions took place as another team of archaeologists uncovered part of a pre-Columbian site in Grand Case until November 7, during a preventive excavation. This deposit, located between the dingy First Stick Hill and the airport, is characterized by the dump levels of an installation attributed to the Neo-Indian.
With close to 2 000 collaborators and researchers, Inrap is the most important French archaeological research organization and one of the very first in Europe. As a national research institute, he carried out most of the archaeological diagnoses and excavations in partnership with private and public developers: close to 2 500 workshops a year, in metropolitan France and in the Dom.
planning Territorial Archives and Heritage Branch, Saint-Martin Community
Scientific control Archaeological Service of the Dac Guadeloupe
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Scientific Officer Emmanuel Moizan, Inrap
Territorial archives of Saint-Martin
Director of Territorial and Heritage Archives
Street JL Hamlet - Concordia
Tel: 05 90 87 66 60
Inrap Scientific Officer
06 94 26 83 50