Primeval men in my garden/ Bastille Day July 14

Up Date :July 14 national feast of France (Bastille Day )

Des hommes primitifs dans mon jardin

English version below the pictures.

 Notre deuxième fils Pierre a réparé lundi dernier le caniveau qui conduit les eaux pluviales à l’égout, les parois de béton étant brisés. Il les fit tenir droit en insérant de gros silex du jardin En effet dans le jardin il y a de nombreux silex, petits et gros, provenant de l’argile à silex en dessous

Photo 1 Pierre repairing the concrete gutter Pierre réparant le caniveau en béton

Our second son Pierre repaired last Monday the gutter that leads rainwater to the sewer, the concrete walls being  broken.He made them stand straight by inserting large flints from the garden. Indeed in the garden there are many flints , small and large, coming from the flint clay below.

Il y a quelques années  je trouvais des silex ayant un aspect spécial . Je les ai photographiés ( photo 2  ci – dessous ). Vous voyez à droite un silex de 17 cm de long visiblement travaillé . Regardez sa surface écaillée . En forme de poire ,  il a été taillé sur les deux faces  pour obtenir un bord tranchant . C’ est un biface ,outil fabriqué par les hommes primitifs qui vivaient ici ….dans mon jardin au Paléolithique, aux premiers âges de l’ humanité . Cette période caractérisée par ces bifaces s’ appelle l’ Acheuléen . Ce nom vient d’un quartier d’ Amiens , St Acheul et est connu du monde entier .A cet endroit un nommé Boucher de Perthes trouva au début du XIX ème siècle une grande quantité de ces silex d’ aspect très spécial et les identifia comme des outils travaillés par les hommes de la Préhistoire .

photo 2 prehistoric tools outils préhistoriques

Some years ago I found in the garden  flints having a special look . I pictured some of them ( photo 2 above ) You see on the right a 17 centimetres ( 7 inches ) flint that has been visibly worked . Looks at its surface flaked  . It is pear shaped and worked to get a cutting edge . It is a hand axe  , a stone bifacial tool made by primeval men who lived here …in my garden in the Paleolithic Age at the beginnings of mankind . This period characterised by this hand axe or bifacial tool  is named Acheulean  .This name comes from a quarter of Amiens where I live  called St Acheul and is  known  in the worldwide  . At this place a man Boucher de Perthes in the XIX th century found a lot of those special flints and identified them like tools made by prehistoric men  .

Notre maison est située au même niveau que St Acheul sur les hauts des versants de la rivière Somme . Ce n’ est donc pas surprenant que j’ en trouve . J’ ai trouvé aussi des outils plus petits tels que ces racloirs  sur la gauche de la photo 2…et photos3 ci-dessous.et je les utilise pour enlever la glaise de ma  bêche . J ‘ ai même trouvé une pointe de flèche taillée à partir d ‘un éclat de silex ( en haut de la photo 2)  . Ainsi , il y a très longtemps vivaient dans mon jardin  ces anciens hommes . J’ imagine qu’ils vivaient dans des huttes . Pas de vêtements en ce temps là , excepté probablement les fourrures des animaux tués . le biface étaient sans doute des outils pour découper la viande et peut – être aussi des armes . N’ est –il pas captivant de vivre dans un  endroit où vos très lointains ancêtres vivaient ?

photo 3 scrapers racloirs

Our house is located at the same level as St Acheul in  Amiens on the high of the bank of the river Somme . Not surprising I found them .   I found also smaller tools such the scrapers on the left of the picture 2…and photo 3 above and I use them to clean the clay from my spade . I even found a arrowhead ( at the top of the picture 2) handmade from a chip of flint . So, a very long time ago lived in my garden those ancient men .I imagine they lived  in huts . No clothes at this time excepted probably  furs coming from the animals killed . The hand axes were probably tools to cut the meat  or perhaps weapons

Photo 4 Pierre is happy to present a scraper found last week
Pierre est heureux de présenter un racloir trouvé la semaine dernière
 
 

 

Bastille Day July 14, national feast of France 
     
la Marseillaise , écrite en 1792 par Rouget de Lisle est un chant patriotique qui est devenu l’ hymne national

La Marseillaise is a patriotic song written in 1792 by Rouget de lisle and became the national anthem of France  . See wikipedia here 

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131 Responses to Primeval men in my garden/ Bastille Day July 14

  1. Wow … good eyes to notice those flints. Fascinating! Cheers to Pierre doing some work for you. 😀

  2. mrswrangler says:

    Very interesting. Glad to see a post from you.

  3. LGail says:

    That is interesting. I have a gallon jar of different rocks I’ve collected since I was a child. I don’t know the history of them but like to look at them so I use the jar full of treasures as a doorstop

  4. blb1 says:

    I have a tool I only recognized as a rock I liked. Took a visitor one time to realize what it was. Also have a couple arrow heads but don’t remember where I got them.

  5. Caro says:

    Et nous qu allons nous laisser dans les sols?😏
    Bravo Pierre pour ta découverte
    Bonne soirée à vous deux je vous embrasse

  6. How wonderful, Michel! Of Pierre to be such a great helper! And of your fascinating and amazing finds in the garden!
    I’ve always enjoyed rocks and been interested in archeology.
    The history of your land is so interesting! And it is fun to think about those from eons ago who lived, walked, worked, etc., the land where we are now.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂 ❤️

  7. sherazade says:

    È davvero fantastico Michel, toccare con mano la realtà della storia dell’uomo in questi piccoli reperti.
    Vivi in un luogo magico.
    Abbraccio ❤️

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  9. calmkate says:

    oh to live with such ancient history, what a wealth!

    And helpful handsome Pierre is “a chip off the old block”, as we say 😉

  10. Marion says:

    I love the idea of you using these ancient tools! What interesting finds in your garden, Michel. 🙂

  11. Susan Joos says:

    This is so cool! You just have the best garden ever! This reminds me of a State Park here in Ohio that was a destination for flint for Native Americans. We went to see it many years ago, but mostly I remember being disappointed that you weren’t allowed to collect any flint from the park. I would like to take another trip.

    TT

  12. How interesting! I love that you use the scrapers to clean your tools. Americans find artifacts like this of Native Americans and treat like the crown jewels. They would never use them – and they are not nearly as old as what you are finding. Very interesting! Thank you for sharing. I hope you are doing well, my friend.

    God bless you!
    Caroline ❤

  13. judyrutrider says:

    What a find! All we find here in Mentone is rocks.

  14. murisopsis says:

    Fascinating!! A piece of history that you can hold in your hand! My imagination runs wild!!!!

  15. Marlaine says:

    how exciting!
    i’m not sure if i’d find much of anything here!
    it’s amazing to think how long people have been living at the same place, isn’t it!?
    xo stay well, michel et janine 🙂

  16. kmaidy says:

    bonjour Michel,
    il semble super gentil et super méticuleux ton Pierre et tu vois, il a été récompensé après l’effort par sa découverte . Vous êtes des chanceux dans tous les domaines ! Près de la Somme, tu as trouvé de beaux silex , sûrement rares et nous ici, près du rhin, nous trouvons des tas de simples galets dans le sous-sol.
    bises !

  17. Wonderful that your Son was able to help with the drainage repair.. and WOW.. to those wonderful flints and hand tools of old… I love things like that.. Here in our allotments I find many broken stems of clay smoking pipes… My wish is to one day find the smoking pipe bowl in tact.. So far I have only found broken pieces of the clay smoking pipe bowls..
    Loved the History lesson….
    Wishing you a lovely weekend to come Michel.. ❤ Hugs Sue

    • I wonder what those natives could smoke .I wonder also if studies have been made about that . What did men and women smoke before the tobacco !
      Have a great up coming week end too, Sue ❤

      • Probably weeds from Garden or hedges here in England before the tobacco trade.. but I’m guessing these pipes were after the tobacco trades began.
        I will have to find you some pictures of My finds on my garden blog.

      • Yes, Sue , I would be very interested by photos of your finds. ❤

      • I don’t know if this link will work here or not Michel. But I will give it a go.

      • The link works fine, Sue and I see your finds.
        Thank you very much.
        It seems to me that I see ceramics and a broken clay pipe??. Not surprising if it comes from Native Americans.
        Love ❤
        Michel

      • I found these on our allotments Michel.. we live in UK England. 👍

      • I am sorry ,Sue, for the confusion. Please, excuse me .
        Those finds were in your allotments .
        England has like France a long history. Perhaps those finds come from the Celtic time or from the Roman period ?? They are probably less old than the worked flints found in my garden.
        Sorry again to make you American, Sue !! 🙂 Please don’ t be angry with me !
        Love ❤
        Michel

      • Oh yes the flints you found on your property much, much older Michel..
        And no worries about misunderstanding my location. Many assume I’m from USA on a regular basis lol.
        You do better than I with you translation…
        As you know we Brits are lazy when it comes to languages lol 😆
        Have a super evening it’s been a lovely hot day here today… 😘 ❤

  18. mimiwi2013 says:

    Great discovery!! Indian arrow heads are found around here quite often along Lake Michigan cities. Other artifacts, too, but wouldn’t recognize them. So happy you found yours, and knew what they were! ❤ Nancy and Ken

  19. C’est incroyable! So amazing that you have pre-historic hand tools in your garden! What a find!

    • Oui c’est incroyable, Louisa. . Il faut que je fasse un effort et connaître un peu la préhistoire pour comprendre l’intérêt de ses silex taillés . ❤

  20. Gayle says:

    Wow..those are amazing!! Here in the US we find things that are maybe 300 years old. I can’t imagine finding things that are from thousands of years ago!!
    Take care Michel….God bless you all ❤

  21. neilc693 says:

    ta région est assez intéressante par plusieurs manières . . . peu de artéfacts ici sont si vieux (aucun fabriqué par l’homme, certainement)

  22. neilc693 says:

    Here there may be an unexpected connection . . . cet homme Boucher de Perthes, le nom avec “de Crèvecœur” faire me penser . . . il y a un français connu à les américains, Hector St. John de Crèvecœur. He is less well-known than de Tocqueville, but also wrote a famous early memoir about America and the Americans. He emigrated to the New World at an early age, settled and established himself in the states, then returned to France where he became a celebrity for a while, styling himself as an “American farmer” (I think he was what we now call a civil engineer, specializing in agricultural land management). I wonder if these men are part of the same lineage.

    • Thanks , Neil, for your very interesting remark about Crévecoeur . I made some recherchs that recalled me the links between France and America at the XVIII th century. I don’t think (but I am not sure )It was the same lineage . Hector St John de Crévecoeur was a noble in Normandy (France ) while Boucher Crevecoeur de Perthes was a custom official in Abbeville (on the river Somme ) in Picardy.
      Whatever thanks for your interesting question.

      NB: See about Boucher de Perthe here : https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Boucher_de_Perthes
      He is born in Ardennes , old mountain in North East of France . He was a noble too !

      • neilc693 says:

        I still wonder a little . . . they both seem generally northern, and I see from Google that the Crévecoeur name goes back a long time . But a rather common name too, so probably a very remote and diffuse connection . This man Boucher seems quite interesting also, with his antiquarian interets he reminds me a little of Champollion

      • You are absolutely right, both are inventors (deciphering hieroglyphs for one, recognition of carved flints as tools of prehistoric man for the other;
        You have a very developed French culture, Neil. Is it the same for other non-English speaking countries?

      • neilc693 says:

        non, ma connaissance, même sur les choses anglo-americaines, c’est au hasard et désordonnée—comme la cache de oiseau pie . . . but the age of these men was a time of terrific polymaths and self-taught savants (in many places) !

      • You are a kind of polymath man, Neil!
        For me, culture is to have notions or memories that can be easily re-mobilized on occasion.
        For me it often happens to know that I knew and to try to re-discover what I once knew. 🙂

  23. Carol McKay Harper said on FB:
    Exciting finds for sure. We have a lot of arrowheads and Indian relics in our area and on our place.

  24. cocosangel says:

    I don’t know if I replied to your post earlier. If I have sorry about it.
    In case I have not then I am glad.

  25. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    That is so exciting 🙂 I was thinking of life long ago. Pierre looks happy and it must be so to hold something from long ago. The past coming into the present. Thank you for sharing.

  26. KB says:

    How exciting to hold something crafted by someone 1000s of years ago. Where I live, it’s possible to find artifacts, but they are property of the Crown and should be turned in.

  27. Julie Hamilton says:

    It’s fascinating to imagine the lives lived on your property so very long ago. Pierre is a good son to help you and Janine.<3

    Love,
    Julie

    • Yes it is fascinating , Julie. When I diicovered those worked flints I thought I was dreaming ! We live in an area of France where we fiund many of those tools or weapons of the prehistoruy..
      Yes our children help us as much they can . ❤

  28. Lavinia Ross says:

    You and Pierre found some very interesting prehistoric tools in your garden! Thank you for sharing them with us, dear Michel!

    Much love to you, Janine and the family, ❤️
    Lavinia

  29. murisopsis says:

    Happy Bastille Day! I loved the National Anthem – very rousing !

  30. Stephanie says:

    Très intéressant voir les outils de gens d’il y a si longtemps. On ne peut pas imaginer comment ils ont vécu là, dans le jardin Fauquet si primativement.

    Espérant que cette chaleur n’est pas trop pour vous deux. Nous avons amené notre ventulateur avec nous, dans la Drôme !

    • Peut-être que je suis primitif aussi, Stéphanie ! 🙂
      Ici aussi c’est la chaleur tropicale . On essaie de survivre . Vous deux au moins disposez d’une piscine à proximité et ….d’un ventilateur ! 🙂
      Amitiés ❤
      Michel

  31. Happy Bastille Day to you and your family! Thank you for sharing your National Anthem. I looked up the lyrics and, also, read about who wrote it, when it was written, etc. I learned a lot, including the fact that one of my favorite composers, Claude Debussy, quotes fragments of “La Marseillaise” in two of his piano works. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤️
    PS…What will your family do to celebrate?
    Did you know? The United States has over 20 cities that conduct annual celebrations of Bastille Day. The different cities celebrate with many French staples such as food, music, games, the recreation of famous French landmarks, etc. 🙂

  32. Bon retour au temps des huttes, de la chasse à l’épuisement et du 100% renouvelable, Michel. Je me demande, comment on disait “laisser un commentaire sur un blogue” il y a 500 000 +/- 250 000 ans ? Grioumch ?
    Belle fin de journée à Janine et à toi.

  33. nannyfountain says:

    so meaningful to be able to use tools made by our first ancestors. The circle of life continues ❤

  34. Happy Bastille Day to you and your family! Such amazing finds. Your home is so much more than your home and history – it is an endless time capsule for the family of man! Wow – outstanding!

  35. Happy Basile Day. Lots of history and may we never have to endure such battles ever again.
    Let us hope History doesn’t repeat…. For people everywhere are challenging their leaders as they did back then as its Royalty and elite live one way while the people struggled to survive…
    You can see why there had to be a revolution…
    Many thanks Michel for sharing I hope you and your family enjoyed the Holiday ❤

  36. Tribo, OCarm says:

    Happy Bastille Day, Michel (belated, at least)

    Those are pieces of hostory you have there… sure they have stories to tell…

  37. Rachel says:

    There is always work to be done! I am glad your son was able to help. It is fun to make the connections in history. It reminds us of past days and the people involved.
    Wishing you well, my friend! 🌹

  38. neilc693 says:

    j’ai toujours pensé, c’est un peu étrange, fêter la prise du Bastille, étant donné le carnage et la terreur suivante . . . mais celebrer l’unité de la France, c’est très bien ! ce qui je vois, le débat contemporain fait référence (”instauration . . .”), c’est quatorze juillet de 1790 plutôt que de 1789 qui est admirable.

    • Oui , Neil, la fête de la fédération du 14 Juillet 1790 était admirable et soulignait l’unité du Royaume et faisait l le lien entre le régime ancien qi a fait la France et les idées nouvelles .. Helas la nobblesse et le roi n’ont pas vraiment admis et cela a conduit à l’horrible Terreur .

  39. Julie says:

    How interesting it must be to keep find such things in your garden. I am following the Tour of France , yesterday a young Englishman won the big mountain stage

  40. Nancy Stuebs said on FB:
    Great explanation of the history of your area!! Very interesting! ❤

  41. Catherine aka Singapore Girl says:

    This is amazing! Are you joking? It doesn’t seem like a prank. Wow… I’m going to share with my friends.

    • No it is not a joke Catherine ! 🙂 . this is in the area where my house is built the first worked flints s have been found : St Acheul in Amiens.. the first age of Prehistory has been named acheulean. 🙂 ❤

  42. mrswrangler says:

    What history you have in your garden.

  43. Zakiah Ali said on FB:
    Loved reading this post dear Michel.

  44. neilc693 says:

    maintenant je me demande, si j’étais en residence en France, où serais-je ? . . . i always assumed it would be Paris or maybe the south, with all their well-known charms. but maybe your northern parts are similar to Hawaii in some ways—much prehistory, and (especially at the limit of Bretagne) an outward-facing perspective.

    • Dirfficile de répondre , Neil, c’est une affaire si personnelle .

      • neilc693 says:

        principalement je pense à haute voix . . . ma capacité de langue faudrait progresser au préalable ! mais tes histoires me rappelle : quant à France, comme beaucoup d’autres etrangers, je ne pense pas à le nord .
        Prompted by the Bastille Day update, I peruse an article about Thomas Jefferson and his relation to France and the Revolution. It mentions (in English translation) a statement of the noble ideals for which it was not too hard to locate the original, and worth viewing entire: “Nous voulons un ordre de choses où toutes les passions basses et cruelles soient enchaînées, toutes les passions bienfaisantes et généreuses éveillées par les lois; où l’ambition soit le désir de mériter la gloire et de servir la patrie; où les distinctions ne naissent que de l’égalité même; où le citoyen soit soumis au magistrat, le magistrat au peuple, et le peuple la justice; où la patrie assure le bien-être de chaque individu, et où chaque individu jouisse avec orgueil de la prospérité et de la gloire de la patrie; . . . où les arts soient les décorations de la liberté qui les ennoblit, le commerce la source de la richesse publique et non seulement de l’opulence monstrueuse de quelques maisons.”
        That was the infamous Robespierre ! I think you (below) and Sue (above) are right—la cruauté humaine fait résurgence et aujourd’hui, encore, comme toujours, l’inégalité s’augmente . . . alas things can go very wrong very easily

  45. Anne-Marie says:

    J’aime bien cette histoire de silex.

    Nous nous demandons souvent comment ont vécu nos ancêtres. Parfois même dans des grottes ..

    Actuellement, nos logis sont plus confortables que les châteaux du passé … 🙂
    Et c’est tout bien ainsi,

    Amitiés, A-M

    • Oui Anne-Marie les temps modernes sont certainement plus confortables et l’espérance de vie y est beaucoup plus longue .Toutefois la cruauté humaine fait assez souvent résurgence . ❤

  46. Wow..those are some wonderful finds. What a history your land has. I love it. SO glad your son was able to help. You have such a sweet, giving, family. Hugs.

  47. Resa says:

    Michel, your garden is not only a place to grow food and flowers, it is a museum!!!
    Be well, to you and yours! _ Resa xo ❤

  48. nhislop says:

    What an interesting area you live in! Ancient tools can be found in the United States, but usually not in our area.

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