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Château Raoul in Châteauroux. Photo by Châteauroux Métropole – Wikipedia

Châteauroux is famous for its three castles and other historic monuments.

Following major archaeological work carried out by INRAP in 2018 and 2019, 46 tombs dating from between the 12th and 14th centuries have been authenticated in a medieval Jewish cemetery in Châteauroux. This attests to a fairly long-standing Jewish presence in the town.

According to Philippe Blanchard, the person in charge of this research, the authentication was based in particular on the position of the hands, on the thighs, along the body of the deceased.

Ten graves had been discovered previously, in 1997. This is believed to be one of the largest medieval Jewish cemeteries in France. The bone remains were subsequently reburied in the Jewish section of the Châteauroux cemetery. Sources : Times of Israel, La Nouvelle République