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We owe our knowledge of the Merovingians chiefly to finds from burial fields. This gallery holds and exhibits innumerable archaeological finds of this sort. The Merovingian dead were dressed in their finest apparel and buried with a number of their personal effects, generally weapons in the case of men and jewellery in the case of women. Sometimes, tools, earthenware and various miscellaneous items were placed in the graves with them.


Eight graves (partial reconstructions of the burial field of Harmignies, Belgium) indicate clearly how of such graves when they were uncovered; in most instances, the body, clothes and wooden coffin had mouldered away, but metal objects, glass and bone were still in evidence.

A kid and a reconstruction of the burial field of Harmignies
Reconstructions of the burial field of Harmignies

Daily Life

Two new models were created based on archaeological information: one represents a textile workshop, the other a house under construction. Information on the eating and drinking habits of the Merovingians is visually represented thanks to text sources. Special attention was paid to the artisanal activities of the Merovingians. Their craftsmanship is reflected in weapons, coat pins, guild fittings, jewellery, glasses, ceramics and objects made of bone.

Disc-shaped brooch in gold, silver and garnet
Brooch, 6th-7th cent., Marilles (Belgium), gold, silver and garnet

Grzegorz Rosinski

The cartoonist Grzegorz Rosinski, creator of the famous Thorgal series, has made three large paintings in the gallery that bring Merovingian history to life.

The baptism of Clovis, by G. Rosinski
The baptism of Clovis, by Grzegorz Rosinski, 2009, ©MRAH-Rosinski

Britt Claes