07/08/2013 - Life of the site
From 14/09/2013 to 15/09/2013
From 21/06/2013 to 27/10/2013
21/06/2013 - 27/10/2013
through the new temporary exhibition “Things have gone to the Gauls's heads”.
The Gauls are mainly known through Greco-roman authors, who see them like bloodthirsty barbarians. The nineteenth century has adjusted this image making the Gaul sometimes superhuman, sometimes a loser hero and the modern artists have engraved in our brain the large, blond and mustached Gaul.
“Things have gone to the Gauls's heads” try to change this image, examining traces left by the Gauls themselves.
The Gauls were repugnant to give human figures to their gods. In fact, figured representations are rare in the Celtic art of the Iron Age. Yet, a meticulous investigation reveals the few tens of pieces of evidence, on the most varied supports (stone statues, jewelry, pieces of money, etc.), extols not the human body in its entirety but the human head. At the same time, archaeology shows that the Gauls were familiar with the manipulations of human remains, particularly on shrines, and that these concern more often heads than the rest of the skeleton.
Are these two practices – representations of isolated human heads and manipulation of heads – complimentary demonstrations of the same ideology? This is the question that the exhibition was presenting under the form of a police enquiry mixing anthropological and archaeological approaches, so as to better define the signification of a collection of pieces of evidence selected from European archaeological documentation of the 3rd and 2nd centuries BC.
The museum invites the public to visit the exhibition from June 21 and until October 27.
Guided visits are available at 3pm every Saturdays and Sundays without booking (on pre-booking only for the other days or time according to our availability).
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