Today, however, construction workers are busy transforming the historic convent into a state-of-the-art convention center equipped with auditoriums and exhibition rooms. But before work could begin, archaeologists from the French National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research, or INRAP, were called in to survey the area.
Between 2011 and 2013, a team of archaeologists carried out an excavation where the former Jacobin convent lay. Eventually, moreover, they would uncover some 1,380 burials, mostly dating from the 14th to 18th centuries. However, there was one discovery in particular that has been generating much excitement.
Among the skeletons that littered the site, archaeologists discovered five coffins forged from lead. Unfortunately, one was lodged so tightly under one of the former convent’s walls that it was impossible to remove. But when archaeologists were finally able to remove the casket in 2014, they were amazed by what they found.