As part of the development of the Corderie site carried out by the Vinci Group in Marseille and following the preventive excavation operations, Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, visited the site on 7 October 2017 and met with the various stakeholders in the file.

Following this visit, the Minister has just signed a decision of “classification body”, dated November 2, 2017, to immediately protect 635 m2 within this site.

The protection file for historical monuments will be formally presented on 29 November 2017 to the Regional Commission for Heritage and Architecture which will issue an opinion allowing the prefect of region to take the inscription order for monuments historical, and, if necessary, formulate a wish for classification which will then be submitted to the National Heritage and Architecture Commission.

In parallel with this protection, the Minister asked the Vinci Group to make several commitments to ensure visibility and better restitution of the preserved remains, to promote their accessibility and to develop mediations for the public. 

By letter dated Friday, November 3, 2017 addressed to the Minister, the Vinci Group has committed to fulfil the following commitments.

Regarding site visibility, accessibility and transmission:

        - a gazebo with an elevator will be built in the adjoining public garden, allowing everyone to contemplate these remains;

        - the path bordering the rampart will allow access, under certain conditions, to the public and particularly to the schoolchildren;

        - In addition, Vinci will work on the installation of panels and digital tools enabling the transmission of knowledge on these remains to a wide audience.

 Regarding the development of the remains:

        - The stone “bench” to testify to the working methods of an ancient quarry will be moved and installed in the immediate vicinity of the protected space; it will benefit from a glass protection and will be perfectly visible.

        - some movable elements remarkable discovered during the excavation (fragments of sarcophagi, base of stone press...) will also be presented as part of the valorization device.

 Vinci has already made the first adjustments necessary to protect the site and the stone bench in order to ensure the most suitable conservation.

 Finally, with regard to the scientific study, the Minister asked the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs to take the necessary measures to ensure that the preserved ancient well is the subject of a supplementary archaeological excavation.