The destruction of the slums of old Marseille by the Nazis in 1942 was the unintended trigger for exposing much earlier Greek and Roman periods. The revelation of forgotten civilizations led to an awareness of the past and the preservation of national historic records.
The following post-war research in anthropology and archaeology in Provence has revealed some of the oldest skeletal remains in Europe. Ancient Celts and Ligures living in Entremont have left evidence of macabre cults and gruesome practices. The area in which they lived is now the beautiful city of Aix-en-Provence.
From the mysterious bories to pre-historic, underwater cave paintings archaeological research in Provence continues to the present day.
- Destruction of old Marseille in World War II leads to archaeological excavations
- Grotto of Vallonnet and the Tautavel man
- Grotto of Arago and the Cave of Le Lazaret
- Terra Amata, the grottos of Colombier and Grimaldi and the Woman of Menton
- Celts and Ligures and their capital, the oppidum of Entremont
- Celtic cults of severed heads and mouth less stelae
- Entremont becomes Aix-en-Provence
- King Rene in Aix-en-Provence
- The calissons and Cezanne are both products of Aix-en-Provence
- Mount Sainte Victoire, the Teutons and the town of Glanum
- The mysterious bories
- The calanques reveal underwater prehistoric art