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Camp de Péran
image: David Beard

The fortification at Camp de Péran is one of the most important Viking Period monuments in Brittany. The site comprises an irregularly circular earthwork with a single 3m high rampart and 4m wide ditch. The fortification dominates the Valleys of the Urne and Gonet. The site was originally assigned to the Iron Age, but has been redated since excavations carried out between 1983 and 1990.

Sections across the ramparts revealed a structure of large stone blocks resting on a clay bank with timber bracing on a vertical and horizontal lattice. The rampart has been preserved by vitrification as a result of a fire which engulfed the whole site. A section of the rampart has been reconstructed

The excavations revealed large quantities of 10th century pottery and a coin of St Peter minted at York c. 905-925. A series of C14 samples were taken which gave dates clustering around 865 – 1045.

Camp de Péran – Reconstruction
image: P. Giauffret

Location Map
image: David Beard

Aerial view of le Camp de Péran
The road curves around the south and the east of the site
image: Brigette Pourquier

Le Camp de Péran Plan
image: Nickel Hartmann

View from centre looking north
image: David Beard

The southern bank seen from the road
image: David Beard

Reconstructed section of wall
image: David Beard

Part of the vitrified southern wall
image: David Beard

The northern bank from inside the fortress
image: David Beard

View across the site from the south
image: David Beard

À Plédran, une série de podcasts sur le camp de Péran a series of five podcasts from Ouest France (in French).