Floralies kick off the season at the Graufesenque archaeological site in Millau

In Millau every year the arrival of spring rhymes with Floralies. This is an opportunity for professionals from the Millau and Grand Causses museums to start the season at the Graufesenque archaeological site. For this new year, which will be held on Saturday, April 6, this opening party will take place, as tradition dictates, with music. A bit of originality this time, the day will be hosted by rural storyteller Patrick Rochedy. “He is a legendary plant specialist and will show us the place from a different angle and discover the plant species that surround us,” promises Katia Fersing, director of the museum and archaeological site.

Hit the seeds

For this opening day, the site will benefit from the presence of Inrap (National Institute of Archaeological Research) for an intervention on the study of seeds. “These are very important indicators in archaeology,” supports Nicolas Whörel, elected to culture. “It is a partner that brings a scientific dimension to archaeology.”

Access to the site will be free

If there is a charge to enter the Floralies (from €3.5 to €6.50), this will no longer apply to visiting the Graufesenque site for the rest of the season. “It is a policy that is consistent with the policy that applies to the museum from 2020, announces Nicolas Whörel, elected responsible for culture. It was illogical to maintain paid access to Graufesenque.” “It’s a site that lends itself to walking and we’d like this site to be a continuation of the walk and allow people to come even if they wouldn’t.” it’, adds the director of the site, which welcomed 8,000 people in 2023. Stakeholders would like this new pricing policy to increase this statistic.

Other events are planned throughout the year on site with the Pottery Market in May, the European Archeology Days on 15 and 16 June and the Days of Antiquity with organized reconstructions from 1 to 4 August. The European Heritage Days will end the season.

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