In 1954, Roger Grosjean (archaeologist and researcher at the CNRS, National Centre for Scientific Research) is appointed commissioner of Culture in Ajaccio, he is 32 years old at the time. He is told of a place where engraved stones are said to lie idle. Charles-Antoine Cesari led the historian to the plot where these strange rocks lie. Roger Grosjean went there and found an extra trace of ancient construction, a type of fortification.
The archaeologist, moved, shook the landlord’s hand and confided to him:
Grosjean rapidly offers Charles-Antoine Cesari to start a season of excavations. He accepts, and during a trip to Paris he gives Roger Grosjean his consent to start leading his research, to the extent that all the objects dug up stay on site.
But the toughest period was about to start. They fought against all the sceptics who did not believe in this discovery. As proof, when Charles-Antoine Cesari, as a visionary, asked a local politician at the time: “If, thanks to prehistory, we can develop tourism, the entire village would benefit from it!” He was told sarcastically: “If you think you will make me believe in rocks…”
That was without taking into account the passion of two unusual men. Charles-Antoine Cesari and Roger Grosjean are seized by a limitless passion for Filitosa. The excavations immediately turned out to be of an incredible wealth. The site comprises of the jewel of insular megalithic art (fantastic statue-menhirs), the prehistoric context dating between the VIth millennium B.C. and the Roman presence (remains of monuments).
Filitosa, currently a must-see destination, is one of the most visited in Corsica, with thousands of visitors each year who go back in time several thousands of years B.C. The discreet discovery gave way to a protected site, becoming with time, an attraction for Corsicans as for all its enthusiasts.