Around 120 BC, the Roman proconsul Cnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus, crossed the Rhône with his legions. Thus began the conquest of the Gauls. The Via Domitia was built as a route for Roman military convoys. It was a major factor in the Gaul's subjugation and contributed to the development of Gallia Narbonensis. Ambrussum, like other Gallic cities situated on the route, acted as a staging post.
With the advent of peace, Ambrussum underwent profound transformations- people begin to live in the roman style, building townhouses with courtyards (domus) and paving the main street of the city. A public building, perhaps a civil basilica was unearthed during excavations. An advanced social, economic and cultural structure developed.
At the end of 1st century AD, the high settlement was abandoned.
Guided visits are available at 3pm every Saturdays and Sundays without booking (on pre-booking only for the other days or time according to our availability).
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