This site, discovered by chance in 1924 by peasants from the Allier
area (a grandfather and his grandson who were working the land to
turn it into pasture) would become famous, would attract big names
and crowds of people, but would also be severely criticized. Rivalries
and petty human conflicts would tarnish the numerous discoveries
of extraordinary, very original pieces.
The reputation of the site would suffer greatly. In the world of
archaeology in particular too many people took and still take delight
in underestimating it.
Extensive literature was produced; the French bibliography alone
already extends to more than 85 pages.
The hamlet of Glozel comes under Ferrières sur Sichon,
in the district of Mayet de Montagne situated some 20 kilometers from Vichy, north of the
Bois Noirs massif and west of the Monts de la Madeleine (the northern end of the Massif
Central, commonly known as the Bourbonnaise mountain).
Discoveries of similar objects have been found nearby, for example at
Moulin Piat, 2 1/2 kilometers south; at Guerrier 3 kilometers away on the right bank of
the river Vareille (some of the pieces can be found at the Earth Sciences Museum of
Villeurbanne University); at Puyraval 10 kilometers upstream.
The geology of the region is very complex and difficult
to come to grips with, in particular as far as archeornetric
analyses are concerned. The substratum is in large measure composed
of heavily charged radioactive constituents containing large quantities
of uranium in its natural state. This makes analysis results unreliable
until further research can determine what the impact has been on
the original results.
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