Yvonne Jollien-Berclaz

Savièse / Fang, Switzerland
Local historian

Yvonne is a native and active inhabitant of the small Anniviard village of Fang. She discovered the Tiébagette archeological site, and did the first brush-cutting with her husband George Jollien. She took care of the site and enabled the development of archaeological research on the medieval hamlet of Fang. The Association pour la recherche archéologique dans le Val d’Anniviers (ARAVA) was born at her instigation.


Since my childhood, I’ve always been interested in history, painting and discovery. In addition to my life as a wife, mother and professional, I’ve been passionate about discovering the history of my village. I devoted a great deal of time to developing the Fang Tiebagette archaeological site, now recognized by archaeologists from institutions such as the University of Lausanne UNIL and the Canton of Valais. This great adventure is of essential interest in the study of the culture, economy and daily life of the inhabitants of the Val d’Anniviers during the medieval period.

As a little girl, I already had a passion for creativity. I told myself I was a bush girl, inventing everything to survive, you could do anything with nothing. And here I am, still active at 81. What a gift life has given me!