Year of creation of the
association, originally called GRALD
(Archeological Research Group of Dunkerque's
Littoral). The association's name is explicit:
the area in which it led its actions, and the
nature of the actions themselves.
Ghyvelde was the first town to
subsidize the brand new structure:
- Excavation in Gravelines,
"Rue de Dunkerque"
- Soundings in Cappelles la
Grande, "le Crayhof"
consolidation of the associative structure
Beginning of one of the most ambitious works
ever initiated by the association: "le camping de
Zuydcoote". The excavation lasted from 1991 to 1996.
By its support and the interest it took in the project,
the authorities of Zuydoote played an essential role in
the way of giving access to archeological knowledge in
the area of Dunkerque.
First excavation subsidized by the city of
Dunkerque: "Lamartine". It is one of the first
strong acknowledgements of the association by the city.
That year was singularized by the increase of
the association's projects and operations.
- Dunkerque : "le
musée des beaux arts"
- Medieval excavation in
- XVIIth century
excavation in Zuydcoote
- Loon Plage : first
sounding in the church
functionning of the association remains unchanged. The
staff is still voluntary, and fieldwork is done during
the holidays of July and August.
The importance of the association in the field
of regional archeology is confirmed: 5 operations are
- Dunkerque : sounding
"rue du maréchal French"
- Loon plage,
- Bourbourg, "Eglise
- Ghyvelde, first
prospection in the fossil dunes.
- Continuation of the
medieval excavation in Zuydcoote, with an increase of the
technical means at disposal:
A permanent accomodation
service is organized for the workers of the five sites.
The voluntary workers are
more and more numerous, reaching 150 persons, with an
average number of 60 over five weeks.
Moreover, the first
operations of animation are organized : Zuydcoote's site
welcomes children sent by the holidays camps of
The association is in charge for 15% of
archeological operations led in the Nord area.
· Dunkerque, " rue
du maréchal French "
· Loon-plage, " camp des nomades "
· Loon-plage : " hameau des dunes "
· Loon-plage : " ferme Debergh "
· Drincham : " le château "
· Drincham : " l'église "
· Ghyvelde : " dunes fossiles ", secondes
prospections et sondage
· Saint-Georges-Sur-L'Aa, " bassin d'aviron "
· Zuydcoote :end of the medieval excavation.
A year of deep crisis for the association. The
principles supported since the origins of the GRALD
(voluntary work, a civic archeology, the care to
vulgarize and communicate the results of the operation to
the widest audience...) seems not to correspond anymore
to those developed by the government. The association
undergoes a crisis - minor operations are given to us:
· Cappelle la Grande :
" Le crayhof "
· Saint-Pierrebroucq : " château de la motte
· Saint-Pierrebroucq : " l'église "
· Hondschoote : sounding " les Trinitaires "
· Eringhem : sounding
· Wulverdinghe : sounding
The existence of a core
staff of motivated voluntary workers, graduated in
Archeology, History, Art History and Geography, allows
nevertheless for a new dynamic. A team is created.