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The Middle Ages: besieged castles, knights rescuing princesses in distress, outbreaks of plague… We have many preconceptions about the Middle Ages and those conventional impressions are tenacious indeed. Yet many discoveries made by archaeologists over the last few years show that this period of history is far more complex and fascinating than we thought.
Produced together with the Inrap (French National Institute for Rescue Archaeology Research), the What’s New in the Middle Ages? exhibition paints an innovative picture of the medieval era, which lasted more than 1,000 years.
Visitors will discover that eyeglasses and compasses were invented in the Middle Ages and that it was at this time that industry, suburbs and regional development first appeared. The exhibition paints a fresh picture of the mediaeval era, which still has so many wonderful secret treasures to reveal.
GALLERY OF THE MIDDLE AGES
The exhibition begins in a vast chronological gallery that presents 1,000 years of history. Large images are shown to counterpoint the frieze that explains key medieval periods. A sarcophagus and a few other significant items –including armour – are also displayed, giving an initial taste of the period.
WHAT’S NEW IN THE MIDDLE AGES?
Welcome to the heart of the exhibition. Reconstitutions of iconic archaeological digs and recent historical research throw new light on the Middle Ages.
An exhibition to discover at the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie until August 6th, 2017.