Burgundy's Celtic Village
Michael Leech explores President Mitterland's visit to Burgundy to open a striking new museum on a wooded hillside.
This month President Mitterand is due to go to Burgundy to open a striking new museum on a wooded hillside. Here will be displayed finds from one of the largest sites in Europe, a Celtic hill-top town, covering a vast space over the summit of Mont Beuvray near Autun. This Gallo-Roman site is the major archaeological project of Mitterand's presidency.
The Morvan is a mysterious part of France, and this rounded hill has long been the seat of local superstitions and ghost tales. It has been used as a centre for gatherings and celebrations right up to the middle of the last century – a curious survival of that time is a hedge beside the central main road, once layered it has now gone wild and thrust up large trees from encrusted branches along the ancient boundary.