Discover the site
It is difficult to imagine that the promontory of Cornillon, with its steep slopes, was settled at different times. However, the numerous finds - bronze arm rings, iron brooches, Roman coin hoards and agricultural implements from the 5th century - attest to occupations from the Late Bronze Age to the Middle Ages.
One of the discoveries is particularly relevant for the specialists: a strong concentration of projectile points found on the southwestern slope of the promontory. Nearby was a stone building that may have had a defensive function. These points could have come from an enemy attack directed against the inhabitants of the surrounding villages who had taken refuge at the top of the Cornillon ridge. Among these projectile points, two specimens are extremely interesting, as their lozenge shape is characteristic of so-called " Hungarian " projectile points. Could this event therefore be related to the incursions of Hungarian hordes of horsemen into Europe in the first half of the 10th century? Unfortunately, the discoveries are not sufficient to confirm this.
Visit the exhibition "Là-haut Da oben. Fortified settlements in the Valais, yesterday and today" at the World Nature Forum Naters. There you can admire a model of the site as well as finds from the archaeological excavations. The exhibition runs from 2 July to 9 September 2021.
It is an impressive walk, but the site is not indicated on the promontory.
The World Nature Forum in Naters is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10.00 to 17.00.
Admission for adults Fr. 18.-; students and AHV (with legi) Fr. 15.-, children from 6 years Fr. 9.-, families Fr. 42.-, free with Raiffeisen card or museum pass.
Access & Contact
The Cornillon promontory is located in the municipality of Vionnaz in the Chablais region of Valais, between the Greffe and Places torrents. To get there, drive 4 kilometres up the road towards Torgon. Leave the car at the entrance to the forest after Beffeux and then continue on foot to the top of the hill.
From Vionnaz, you can also follow the footpath along the left bank of the Torrent de Greffe and along the Torrent des Places to the promontory.