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In 1248 in the duchy of Savoy, after exceptional geological conditions a mountain of the North of the massif of Chartreuse collapsed. More than 500 millions of m3 of mud and rocks broke on the valley below. This impressive landslide wiped off the map any human presence over 32 Km2. While these new lands were the object of fierce fights between the neighbouring kingdoms of Dauphine and Savoy, a new population settled and began to transform these “abysses”. Who were these people? How did they choose to make the most of these deserted lands and why? Does the current landscape reflect these unique methods, adapted to an exceptional environment? Ground prospecting, the study of old planimetric documents (including the famous “Mappe Sarde”), and the last archaeological discoveries made it possible to answer these questions, putting interdisciplinary at the heart of our approach.

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