Three medieval graves discovered during excavations in the city of Nimes in the South of France, can serve as a proof that already in the VIII century on the territory inhabited by Muslims. This is evidenced by the results of a study conducted by French national Institute of archaeological research and the University of Bordeaux.
Until now scientists have not enough data to confidently say, whether lived in the early middle Ages the Muslims to the North of the Iberian Peninsula. However, according to the researchers, the finding is a serious argument in favour of a positive answer to this question, reports EurekAlert.
Scientists noticed that the skeletons were buried in Muslim traditions — in particular, this is evidenced by the location of the bodies: they lie with their heads facing Mecca. Genetic analysis also pointed to North African origin buried — also increases the likelihood that they professed Islam.
Radiocarbon Dating has revealed that the burial appeared in the VII-XIX century. Taking into account other information, the researchers concluded that the buried belonged to the Berbers who had converted to Islam in the VII century the indigenous people of North Africa, who had joined the Arab army of the Umayyad dynasty.
In all likelihood, discovered the graves indicate that in the VIII century the South of modern France in a short time under the control of the Umayyad Caliphate, which in this period led an aggressive policy of conquest.