concerns of the GRAAL, first archeology, then
gradually all the components of an area's
patrimony, always had in common the attachment to
the littoral (from the north of Cassel own to
Calais and Ghyvelde), the geographical and
historical specificities of each always having
consequences on the other.
First excavation, directed by Yves
Beauchamp, in Thérouanne. The actors of the excavation,
all voluntary workers, came from professional high-shools
(Guynemer i Saint-Pol sur Mer and Chatelet in Roubaix).
An exposition was organized simultaneously. It is, in
some respects, a founder excavation, which set a few
principles for the movement to come:
- voluntary work
- participation of young people coming
from different schools
- mediatisation of the archeological
operations, in order to sensibilize the public to the
research by this means made accessible.
Second excavation in Thérouanne. The
principles aforementioned seem to impose themselves as a
task to carry on.
December: First excavation in
Dunkerque. In an action initiated by Mr Leman, Curator in
charge for Antiquities (the function is now called
Regional Curator of Archeology), the voluntary group led
by Yves Beaucamp intervenes in the Saint-Eloi church. The
staff in charge for excavation is now recruited in the
brand new "club archeo" created in the
professionnal High-School Guynemer Saint-Pol sur Mer. The
voluntary work is more than ever asserted as the twenty
days of excavation were hardly subsidized:
1000 francs (100 pounds / 170 $)
allocated by the Curator in charge for Antiquities
1125 francs (112.5 pounds / 190$)
collected in the Saint Eloi Church by the religious
authorities in charge.
Two excavations are accomplished.
- "Le camp des nomades" in Loon
- The "rue Aupyck" in
Gravelines. During this operation, the town provides the
staff with accomodation and organizes a restauration
service. Moreover, the operation triggered various field
works in local schools (Guynemer sur Mer and Coudekerque
Inauguration of the "Club
Archeo" in Coudekerque Branche (Ferdinand Léger
Excavation in the Beffroi (belfry) of