A few years ago i watched an History programme on TV which which focussed on Rennes-le-Chateau. They reported on the recent Ground Penetrating Radar scans that had been conducted at various places around the village and on Sauniere's domaine.
One of the prime 'movers' in all this new activity, and which allowed investigations to take place was Jean Genibrel. According to him, one of his ancestors had worked with Saunière on the building of the Tour Magdala. Genibrel reported that this ancestor had then left [after he had died] a letter indicating that the priest had buried a chest or casket beneath the foundations of the Tour Magdala. And of course Genibrel wanted to find out if this was true.
I had corresponded with Jean on just this point. Robert Eisenman was linked to this activity and the scans and this activity with Genibrel.
A few years later, this activity - which had been filmed 'as it happened' - turned up on the History Channel Documentary i mentioned above. I have always remembered it because the filming showed that digging was commenced as a result of the Tour Magdala scans, but clear as day, when the 'diggers' hit something which sounded wooden and hollow [perhaps a chest or casket?] - they were refused permission to dig further by the 'powers that be'. It seemed to me that on screen confusion abounded among the participants because it was not understood why the digging had to stop.
Anyway, i taped the program and here are some photos below from the TV images which show the point where a wooden 'artifact' [?] might have been found.
Closer inspection reveals they have chipped away bits of wood. Of course one wonders - was Genibrel correct? Did a workman of Sauniere, who was an ancestor of Genibrel - see Sauniere put a wooden box in the foundations of the Tour Magdala? Had the diggers reached it and were chipping away bits off it?
It seemed all who were there thought a box had been hit. So why was the 'digging' stopped at this point to the dismay of those present? There may be a valid reason for this and the wooden pieces were not relevant in any way to the Genibrel 'story' - but the sense from the documentary, for me anyway - did not convey this. For me it seems they hit on something interesting and then were told to stop. It was never referred to again!
I'm not one to 'mystery - make' especially as the genre is so littered with those who like to make a mystery out of nothing - but it seems to me here that perhaps there really is a mystery about what is buried under the Magdala Tower and why the investigators were told to stop. Until an explanation is forthcoming to suggest otherwise, it will always be a little suspicious to me.
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My name is Sandy Hamblett, inspired and passionate researcher of the mysteries at Rennes-les-Bains.