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Archaeology News - Discovery of possible 6th century musical notes etched on schism plaque in Renne, France

31 August 2017

Trenches France Schist Plaque Copy

In 2011 an ancient temple was discovered under a Jacobin Convent in Rennes, France. The discovery was made by a team of archaeologists from the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) and led by Gaëtan Le Cloirec of INRAP.

The team found a number of schist plaques with various etchings including an etching of four lines of diamond shapes that likely make up a section of musical notes from a song or chant possibly dating from the 6th century.

You can listen to the ancient music specialist and soprano, Dominique Fontaine, sing the melody here on the Archaeological Institute of America's website.

Photograph: Françoise Labaune-Jean / INRAP