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3rd May 2015 : Report of the activities of the Association of the
Amis d'Uxellodunum

2015 : Establishment of an organised framework for a
reasoned exploitation of the site

With effect from January''s Extraordinary Assembly General, a partnership agreement has come into force between the two associations Racines and the Amis d'Uxellodunum.

This agreement creates a sound basis for constructive participation in the development of the site. It also puts the research and associative network at the heart of the new Steering Committee whose job it is to define the necessary conditions of the site's exploitation, something we have been demanding for some time.

In parallel, the creation in 2015 of the association of the Amis du musée de la Raymondie in Martel is contributing to the development of awareness of our local heritage. With this aim in mind the association is preparing an exhibition on Uxellodunum for 2016 with the help and support of the Amis d’Uxellodunum, alongside Jean-Pierre Girault.

Buste de Luctérios en bois sculpté
The bust of Lucterius created during the sculpture symposium organised by the association

At long last, under pressure from the associative network, a Scientific Committee was set up under the authority of Vincent Guichard, Director of the european archeological centre at Mont Beuvray. This committee first met in February to take stock of the state of the site and to consider the present and future constraints involved.

The migration in January 2016 of the Syndicate Mixte (S.M.G.S.U.) into Cauvaldor (the new community of communes of the valley of the Dordogne in northern Lot) should help to create the conditions necessary for a durable and sensible management of the site in the future.

On a different subject, our small association has recently been in contact with an association in Cesena, an Italian town with a population of around 100,000 inhabitants, interested in forming links with the site of Uxellodunum. This initiative has reminded us of the rich scientific and cultural content of this website and Jean-Pierre Girault's unceasing work in producing interesting new material. It also shows the interest in this episode of the Gallic Wars, even outside of our frontiers.

And finally I must mention Jean-Pierre Girault's two latest books, published in 2015. The first covers the medieval constructions in the Dordogne valley in Lot - cliff dwellings, refuges, troglodytic dens, hideouts, lookout posts and other constructions up in the cliffs along the valley. Of particular interest in Saint-Denis-Les-Martel, the hideout and watermill at Briance, the shelter at Roqueblanque - better known as the cave of the paintings, the castle mound of the Bois Grand, the caves and shelter of Balme, les Courtils, Balmissou and Traucou, the cave at Cabrejou, the hideout at Roquepen all of which are a reminder of Saint-Denis in times past. All of these places bear witness to the rich history of our commune during the troubled period of the Hundred Years War.

The second book covers the habitat of the Gauls and Gallo-Romans in the Dordogne valley in Lot. Here again, Jean-Pierre Girault has made a complete inventory of the traces, finds and different discoveries made in the area which help to throw light on the Gallo-Roman period, at the same time touching on the fragility and richness of the various sites involved. As far as Saint-Denis is concerned, other than the fontaine de Loulié and Uxellodunum, well known to everyone, the book covers the sites of Pont de la Font, la Coste, la Verrie, Pontou, Malbouyssou, Parriche, les Termes, le Pont roux and Pech Laguille, all of which reveal traces of ancient occupation, in some cases over a long period.

These two publications are on sale in local book shops and also from the Association (see Publications).


3rd May 2014 : Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of the Association of the Amis d’Uxellodunum

Chaired by the president, Roger Mialet, in the presence of Dominique Lascaux, president of the joint committee for the management of the site of Uxellodunum (Syndicat Mixte pour la Gestion du Site d'Uxellodunum or S.M.G.S.U.).

In his report, the president emphasized the substantive work done in 2013 to reconnect with the elected representatives of the territory via a dialogue of trust. This was largely possible thanks to the foresight of Mr Louis Crémèse and the support of the archeological network. Thanks to the work carried out by Jean-Pierre Girault, the site of Uxellodunum possesses a considerable amount of documentation, and the website developed by Suzy Ireland is an important service that will promote future research into a development project for Uxellodunum in the territory.

On 12th February and 12th March, important meetings with the S.M.G.S.U. enabled a halt to the programming of initiatives, in order to restart the mission of Vincent Guichard under the new S.M.G.S.U. governance, promoting the indispensable establishment of a Scientific Committee.

The president's report was unanimously adopted.

The annual report of activities, presented by Caroline Mey-Fau, reiterated these various points indicating the need to develop a slideshow on Uxellodunum to raise awareness of the site, both in terms of tourism and education, as well as at the scientific level, with particular emphasis on the work of Jean-Pierre Girault. Opening the site to the public is the sole responsibility of the S.M.G.S.U. (for this reason the organization of the heritage days in September 2013 was cancelled). The action plan validated on 12th February 2014 in Martel sets out a very reasonable way of working. The regional curator of DRAC, on behalf of the State, validated the serious work carried out under the presidency of Louis Crémèse and encouraged the new leaders in their implementation.

The report of activities was unanimously adopted.

After the presentation of the Association's sound finances by the treasurer, Monique Couret, the President thanked all the participants, including Dominique Lascaux who said how much she wanted the dialogue between the Association and the S.M.G.S.U. to be resumed. This wish is shared by Jean-Pierre Girault who, by his presence, emphasised his commitment to the site of Uxellodunum and to St-Denis-lès Martel.

At the end of the AGM, the members of the committee of the Association for 2014-2015 were elected. See Association.

12 March 2014 : Meeting on the site

Rencontre étét des lieux mars 2014
Rencontre état des lieux mars 2014

A meeting on the site of the fountain of Loulié took place on 12th March between the SGMSU, the archeologist Jean-Pierre Girault, the representative of the Drac and the Association. The purpose was to take stock, as well as look at potential direction and works.

Rencontre état des lieux mars 2014

January 2014 : The President's Report : looking back on 2013

Jean-Pierre Girault, the new publications and the website...

2013 has been a pivotal year for the Association and for the site of Puy d'Issolud.

Jean-Pierre Girault / Cérémonie : Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres 2013

On 17th May 2013 the Amis of Uxellodunum and many others celebrated the award of the medal of honour of Chevalier of Arts and Letters to Jean-Pierre Girault at a ceremony held at the Chateau des Doyens at Carennac. Representatives of the DRAC (Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs, a service of the French Minister of Culture), Mont Beuvray (Bibracte, European Centre of Archeology) and members of three other associations based in Lot, Racines, the Société des Etudes du Lot and the Amis du Pays de St Céré, were present in recognition of their friendship and respect for Jean-Pierre, for his work and that of the volunteers who have worked with him. See Activities.

Following close networking by the Association, on 17th April 2013 a proposal was put to the DRAC-SRA for the formation of a Scientific Committee for the site of Uxellodunum, in order to establish a set of objectives and plans for the management and exploitation of the site, in harmony with its surroundings. This proposal opposes the direction of the works recently carried out i.e. a closed site and huge carpark.

Le Puy d'Issolud
La Puy d'Issolud : la Tourmente en crue

2013 : a year of fruitful exchanges with the SMGSU (Syndicat for the management of the site of Uxellodunum). The new presidence of Monsieur Crémèze has enabled a thoughtful dialogue to take place. In addition, the technical information made available in 2013 on this website of the Association has given everyone access to a body of information validated by the scientific community, covering the research carried out at Uxellodunum and at the fountain of Loulié.

Our proposals for the management and exploitation of the site take account of its fragility and of the need to carry out further archeological research, as Jean-Pierre Girault reminded us in a letter to the Association on 3rd July 2013.

2013 came to an ideal close with the publication of the archeological study carried out on the siege of Uxellodunum at Puy d'Issolud by Jean-Pierre Girault, the 23rd book in the Bibracte collection by the European Centre of Archeology at Mont Beuvray.

This study confirms the importance of archeology in the identification of the site of the battle of Uxellodunum, "one of the last significant episodes of the Gallic Wars", as stated by Michel Reddé in his preface

Presentation by Jean-Pierre Girault of his new book at the conference Archeology of the Gallic Wars
by Michel Reddé, held at the museum Saint-Raymond in Toulouse on 6th December 2013

Livre : La fontaine de Loulié au Puy d'Issolud

Livre : Les occupations préhistoriques du Puy d'Issolud......


This latest book follows the publication, also in 2013, in cooperation with the Conseil Général du Lot, the Association des Amis d'Uxellodunum and éditions Racines, of Jean-Pierre Girault's study of the prehistoric occupation of Puy d'Issolud, of the valley of the Dordogne in the department of Lot and of its tributaries in the north of Lot.


2013 has mobilised a team united in the aim of opening up the site of Uxellodunum in a rational manner, sympathetic to its fragility and importance, in cooperation with the development of the valley of the Dordogne in Lot, as a cultural and touristic destination.

Some seeds of friendship, some seeds of love and a little luck - all we need to kick off the new year! Here's to wish you a harvest of happiness on behalf of our association! Happy new year!

Le Président






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