Back to the shack

This back to the shack post is about a photo I made a few weeks ago as we went to the East of the big City to the Haute Île park a place which nearly became yet another concret jungle chock-full of high risers and motorways. Fortunately, anytime one wants to build something anywhere, archeologists are mandated to carry out excavations by law, in case one finds anything like remains of people or ancient buildings or other.

Thank God, those blessed people found out a few remains of prehistoric people in graves dating thousands of years BC. The place was therefore preserved and will be so for the next 200 years (this remains to be seen though, I won’t be there to check on them but I’ll die happy that one place at least escaped the big mess). Here is how the authorities describe the park now:

The Haute-Île departmental park is a jewel of greenery that extends over 65 hectares, a space that is conducive to escape and to the discovery of the fauna and flora of wetlands. The restoration of the former channels of the Marne allows visitors to observe the changes in the landscape, which is subject to variations in water levels, and to enjoy a rich biodiversity. Benefiting from the proximity of the Marne, this park is inspired by the natural landscapes of alluvial zones. It allows visitors to observe the changes in a landscape subject to variations in water levels as well as a rich biodiversity thanks to the reconstruction of an ecosystem that is currently [source]

Haute Ile - Back to the shack
It looks like a green pork chop but it’s a park in actual fact. The park is based in Neuilly sur Marne.

All that is a lot more exciting than yet another dual-carriageway if you ask me. We enjoyed a stroll in the park and then I found the shack which reminded me of a Weezer song.

Take me back, back to the shack

The rest of that song has nothing to do with my topic unfortunately…

I found this cabin so beautiful I decided to wait for all other visitors to leave the area so that I could take my picture. It’s a bird-watching shack from which one can spot all sorts of birds and ducks. I loved this place, it’s great to be back, back to the shack.

And here are a few more details about these heaven sent prehistoric women and men:

[These are] the oldest human occupations discovered in the department of Seine-Saint-Denis, in particular on the site of the Haute Île in Neuilly-sur-Marne, where the remains are dated to the Mesolithic (-9000 to -5000) and the Neolithic (-5000 to -2300).

At the beginning of the Mesolithic period, the climate became warmer. In the Paris basin, vast temperate forests appeared. Man gradually abandoned a nomadic lifestyle based on hunting and gathering to devote himself to agriculture and animal husbandry. He made arrowheads for hunting with flint. They used different organic materials to make fishing nets. Items of jewellery are found in tombs. From the Neolithic period onwards, a new type of habitat, ceramics and polished axes make their appearance. Dugouts were built for navigation on the rivers. Long-distance trade was established. A new society was organised which was characterised at the end of the Neolithic period by the first use of metal (copper).

Source: Explore Paris

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