Palluau-sur-Indre, Indre, Région Centre, le Prieuré Saint-Laurent : Aménagement du bourg, rue Basse et rue de Verdun : diagnostic archéologique des abords du prieuré Saint-Laurent

Abstract : Saint-Laurent's priory is situated in the lower enclosure of the small town of Palluau-sur-Indre (Indre, France), at the foot of the slope dominated by the 12th century castle and the 13th century collegiate church of Sainte-Menhoulde. Today, the site is comprised of an enclosure with a church composed of an aisled nave with an apse and a crypt. Wall paintings are preserved inside the church which suggest an early dedication to the Holy Virgin which was changed to Saint-Laurent in the 15th century. Drainage work in the streets around the church brought to light occupation layers belonging to the 16th and 17th century around the apse. A test trench to the south of the building showed evidence for the southern arm of the transept which was demolished in the 19th century: walls, foundations and 12th century floor levels were recorded just below the actual surface. The area south of the nave yielded two masonry tombs from the 12th to the 14th century. These were under a horizon of later but undated graves where the presence of bronze pins showed that the bodies were buried in shrouds. The western limit of the cemetery was defined by a north-south wall perpendicular to the butress of the second bay of the nave. This wall seemed to be a later structure which cut through the levels of the last layer of burials. Other inhulations were observed in front of the western facade.
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Simon Bryant. Palluau-sur-Indre, Indre, Région Centre, le Prieuré Saint-Laurent : Aménagement du bourg, rue Basse et rue de Verdun : diagnostic archéologique des abords du prieuré Saint-Laurent. [Rapport de recherche] INRAP CIF. 2005. ⟨hal-01773919⟩

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