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3rd May 2015 : Report of the activities of the Association of the
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!