If the Walls Could Talk (artifacts)

The Paris Catacombs are a series of tunnels and rooms that house 6-7 million bones. Among these bones are shrines, statues and different structures. Though the artifacts in these tunnels are not as diversified as other archaeological sites, they do hold significance from a cultural aspect.

 

This is on of the structs build entirely of bone

This is one of the structures build entirely of bone.

These rooms were used to perform religious ceremonies to honor the dead buried there; they also allowed for unique structures, like one pictured above, that were made entirely of bone. These have been restored over the years as well.

 

This plaque marks where the bones of the Magdeleine cemetery

This plaque marks where the bones of the Magdeleine cemetery

 

Along with the collection of bones, they were able to find fragments of hair and other human artifacts. Buttons, fillings are just two of their finding. Along with this, those curators began to notice everyday objects being left by intruders. This is seen in the graffiti left on the walls, as well as, the intruders leaving blankets, backpacks, and even empty beer cans.