Back to Monsieur Chaumeil's holiday.. I mean opus:
2) pages 36- 38: Leon Fontan, a researcher from the Alsace area, had a look for the treasure in May 1971, even though he didn't find anything he lodged three certified reports with a Mr Gastoux, a Limoux lawyer. The three areas being the castle at Bezu, Campagne-sur-Aude and Luc-sur Aude.
Despite this he came back to the area, and was interviewed in Feb, 1972, claiming that Sauniere's 'treasure' was not Visigothic but belonged to the Templars of Bezu. It was buried 4 kilometers away from the village 'as the crow files' and 15 metres deep on a hillside (ruler and compass, anyone ? !).
M. Fontan is quoted: " In a few months time you will know whether I am right or wrong. Anyway, my decoding pursuit indicates the existence of a crypt that was completely sealed. The documents I have come to examine suggest that the closure of this underground area built in the rock in the hillside was done before the end of the 13th century, around 1292. Of course the crypt might be empty. But the information provided on the stele and tombstone of the Marchioness of Blanchefort endorses that found on the steles of Arles-sur-Tech." He reckons the the crypt is nothing more than a Templar armory, so this is the secret of the Blancheforts, Bigou and Sauniere ! And Leon Fontan claims he's the first person to find it again ! M. Fontan mentions future plans to excavate this crypt.
Now, I've read most of the (admittedly) Englsih language books on RLC, but I've never heard of this Fontan guy before. No more mention of Fontan's future dig in the book other than on page 91 when Chaumeil tells us that on Jan 1971 (!!!!) he informs Plantard about Fontan's explorations. Plantard replies that he has no right to search and 'besides, we know very well where everything is'.
So what became of Mr Fontan and his dig ? It's curious that Leon Fontan is exploring the RLC countryside around the same time as Henry Lincoln and the BBC team, and I believe the Rev Lionel Fanthorpe was in the area also around this time. A wonder they didn't all bump into each other ?