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The history of La Charité-sur-Loire bridges (France, Burgundy and Centre Regions), from the 18th to the 20th century

Author(s): Annie Dumont ; Philippe Moyat ; Ronan Steinmann ; Marion Foucher

Year: 2014

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Between La Charité-sur-Loire and La Chapelle-Montlinard, the Loire River split in two channels forming an island. Looking at the bridges used through time to cross the river at this location, one can determine different stages of construction and destruction. This paper provides a reconstruction of the bridges history over eight centuries based on underwater archeology, building archeology, geoarchaeology data, as well as archival data (text, maps). A first wooden bridge, built in the 13th century, shows by its orientation that the river has undergone significant changes in its course from the 14th century, at the start of the Little Ice Age. Later, a stone bridge and a wooden bridge were built on a different axis and stayed in place until present, despite various modifications. Crossing the Loire River at this location remains an important issue today, with the proposal to build a new bridge.


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The history of La Charité-sur-Loire bridges (France, Burgundy and Centre Regions), from the 18th to the 20th century. Annie Dumont, Philippe Moyat, Ronan Steinmann, Marion Foucher. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 437109)


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PaperId(s): SYM-57,07

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America