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07/08/2013 - Life of the site

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A walk

PetalePetale: "Hello, my name is Petale Antonia and I will be your guide on this Roman Walk."

 

"A freed slave of Greek origin, I lived in Ambrussum in the first half of the first century AD.

 

I know all the secrets of the site.

 

The Roman Walk weʼll take together, should last one and a half hours and follows a 2.3 km loop.

Throughout the route youʼll find useful information for your guidance:

Site maps are situated in the car park and at the Roman Walk departure point.

At each intersection of the route, youʼll find a sign indicating the direction to take and the altitude.

 

We will stop from time to time to enjoy the scenery, get an impression of timescale and experience the aromas of the garrigue. I'll explain what you are seeing... and sometimes whatʼs necessary to search a little for".

 

 

1. Staging post

"You are at the staging post, a stop-off and supply point built around 30 BC. Facilities for Via Domitia road users have been discovered here, including: inns, public baths, a blacksmiths with a forge to repair harnesses and fit horseshoes, Imperial postal facilities..."

 

2. Via Domitia

"Beneath your feet, the Via Domitia, which linked the Alps to the Pyrenees. This is the oldest Roman road built in Gaul".

 

3. The Via Domitia at the head of the Ambroix bridge

"This location marks the head of the Ambroix bridge, on the hillside at an altitude of 20 metres."

 

4. The East Gate (or oriental) of the Rampart

"The East Door, now disappeared, was located here.

The first remains discovered on the hill date back to 2300 BC, but it's only around 300 BC that a real Gallic city, the Oppidum was established".

 

5. The Paved Way

"The paved way, etched with deep chariot ruts, was the main artery of the city".

 

6. The southern district settlement

"The houses visible on the hill were built around 50 AD. and abandoned around 100 AD at the same time as the rest of the Oppidum''.

 

7. High Point of the Site, View over the Landscape

"Here, at 56 metres, you are at the highest point of the site. This is a 360 degree view that offers you the Pic Saint-Loup, the foothills of the Cévennes, Gallargues-le-Montueux and coastal areas".

 

8. Settlements in the Northern District

"In this highly urbanised area, digs have led to the discovery of two other dwellings with inner courtyards. The construction of these ʻdomusʼ at Ambrussum reflects the romanisation of the inhabitants, even though the building techniques retained some native traditions".


9. The Rampart

"The oldest visible remains on the hill, the rampart, was built after the foundation of the Gaul city''.

 

10. Communication between Countries

"2000 years before our times, the Romans had already found the fastest route to Spain!''

 

11. Wide open spaces

"A real treat for our nostrils; simply touch a tuft of thyme or lavender to smell the scent of the aromatic herbs that embody the character of the garrigue".

 

12. The Southern Gate

"This is the only door remaining, but two others probably existed at the eastern and northern ends of the rampart".

 

13. The Square with Portico

"We are at the square, around which the public life of the Gallo-Roman city was organised".

 

14. The Ambroix Bridge

"This impressive architectural work at nearly 175 metres long, probably had from 9 to 11 arches and allowed the Via Domitia to cross the river Vidourle''.

 

15. Vidourle

"Inhabitants showed considerable ability in adapting to the challenges of this restless river by reinforcing its banks, regularly raising buildings and  strengthening road surfaces".

 

 

The Walk's leafletThe Walk is open to all. An explanatory leaflet is available at the museum reception.

Picnic areas are available and recycling containers are situated at the entrance to the building.

 

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Petale: ''I look forward to seeing you here soon!"

 


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Timetables

  • Open every afternoon (except Mondays): 2 pm-5.30 pm
  • Open all day on Sunday: 10 am- 12.30 noon / 2 pm - 5.30 pm

 

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Guided visits

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).

 

Prices

Site Museum visit:

  • Free

 

Guided visits:

  • Site Museum guided visit: Full price : 3 €
  • Archelological site guided visit : Full price : 5 €
  • Site + Museum guided visits : Full price : 6,50 €
  • Free for under  12 year olds

 

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