Local History

Concise. Foto: TES.

The Village of Concise and Surroundings

The village of Concise (canton of Vaud) and the surrounding villages (Corcelles-près-Concise, Onnens, La Golette, Concise-Sous-Colachoz) did not exist five thousand years ago.

However, along the Neuchâtel-Yverdon-les-Bains railway line, built between 1859 and 1870, 25 sites of pile dwellings have been found. These were covered by two metres of earth and are therefore partially well preserved. They date from the period 3,900-1700 BC.

The pile dwellings stood on the edge of the lake. There is little evidence of stilts until 4000 BC, but the area was inhabited. This has been proven by burial ritual objects.

The age of the pile dwellings ranges from 3,900 BC (Neolithic age) to the present day. (Neolithic Age) to 1700 BC (Bronze Age). (Bronze Age). Then they apparently disappeared.

Pile dwellings can again be demonstrated in the 11th century. This was a relatively colder period and the lake level was lower. This trend continued until 900-800 BC. (Hallstatt period).

One of the most famous villages was in Grandson-Corcelettes.

The history of Concise continues with the Celtic period (La Tène), the Favarges quarry in Roman times (used for the construction of the Roman city Aventicum (today Avenches), Christianity, the Burgundians (first kingdom 443-534), the Merovingians and the Carolingians (534-888), the Burgundians (second kingdom 888-1032), the German kings and emperors of the Holy Roman Empire, the Counts and Dukes of Savoy (1207-1536), the city of Bern (1536 and the Reformation), the Helvetic Republic (1798-1803) and finally the Swiss Confederations (1803-1813, 1815 and 1848) and the canton of Vaud

Source: O. Meuwly and others, Histoire Vaudoise, Lausanne 2015).