The origins of Logne and the Merovingian Period

Accidentally discovered in 1938, the Merovingian cemetery of Vieuxville was not immediately identified as such. A few tombs had been opened by the village roadman who was looking for stones to repair a road. Based on the objects found, one would imagine having found the funerary furnishings of a great leader of the Francs (a Germanic peoples that established themselves in the western Roman Empire at the time of its dislocation). Forty years later, new research brought to light a much more significant ensemble: 190 tombs from the period between the beginning of the 5th to the middle of the 7th century, in other words, from the end of the Western Roman Empire to the first centuries of the Middle Ages, also referred to as the Merovingian dynasty.

The discovery of Vieuxville was particularly remarkable.

It is one of the oldest Merovingian cemeteries of Wallonia, originating all the way back to Antiquity, and probably linked to military occupation of the site of Logne by Germanic troupes charged with the defence of the borders of the Roman Empire.

It is also a unique collection in Wallonia, a must see of arms, jewellery, ceramics and especially glasswork. Seventy glasses were found in Vieuxville. They are all more or less 1400 years old !

Be sure to see the reconstitution of several tombs, the 6th century house, the entirely renewed presentation...


Warrior from the 6th century - Drawing Benoît Clarys - Copyright Domaine de Palogne
Warrior from the 6th century - Drawing B. Clarys

Cornet à boire du 5e siècle - Photo L. Baty - Copyright SPW
Glass drinking horn, 5th century- Ph.G. Focant - SPW


Museum of Logne - Reconstitution of several tombs
Museum of Logne - Reconstitution of several tombs