In the footsteps of the first Parisians – Carnavalet Museum , Paris

© Denis Gliksman Inrap
© Denis Gliksman Inrap

The Carnavalet Museum – History of Paris hosts the exhibition “In the footsteps of the first Parisians” devoted to the research made rue Henry Farman ( Paris 15th) in 2008 by a team of prehistorians from the INRAP which is the largest structure of French archaeological research.

This is a major discovery because the sites of the Mesolithic are rare in Île -de- France . In Paris, this is the first time that a shelter of hunter-gatherers is discovered and excavated in its entirety. The presentation focuses on the archaeological site and its environmental context, tools and technical skills of these prehistoric men , as well as archaeological methods from the field to the laboratory.


© Denis Gliksman Inrap
© Denis Gliksman Inrap

Paris Mesolithic :

Mesolithic men – the last hunter – gatherers of prehistory before the Neolithic evolution – frequently established their hunting shelters on the banks of an arm of the Seine. They left there some flints and animal bone fragments.

In a temperate landscape , they must adapt to new plants and animal resources. The bow and arrow becomes more suited to this new environment and is now the weapon of choice .
On the site of rue Henry Farman , many flint remains reveal that these men have mostly renewed their range of arrowheads .


The first Parisian :

The site also provided human remains , the oldest discovered in Paris , a fragment of the femur and a mandible into two pieces . The mandible shows a clearly protruding chin from a morphological point of view. The teeth –strongly worn – but with no cavities or tartar deposits proves the good dental health of these populations.

Mandible of a Mesolithic man © Denis Gliksman Inrap
Mandible of a Mesolithic man © Denis Gliksman Inrap

Practical Information:

23 , rue de Sévigné – 75003 Paris
Tel. 01 44 59 58 58
Fax 01 44 59 58 10
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 18 pm
Closed Mondays and holidays

Free exhibition until 31st December 2014