07/08/2013 - Life of the site
From 14/09/2013 to 15/09/2013
From 21/06/2013 to 27/10/2013
"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".
"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..."
"Beneath your feet, the Via Domitia, which linked the Alps to the Pyrenees. This is the oldest Roman road built in Gaul".
"This location marks the head of the Ambroix bridge, on the hillside at an altitude of 20 metres."
"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".
"The paved way, etched with deep chariot ruts, was the main artery of the city".
"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''.
"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".
"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".
"The oldest visible remains on the hill, the rampart, was built after the foundation of the Gaul city''.
"2000 years before our times, the Romans had already found the fastest route to Spain!''
"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".
"This is the only door remaining, but two others probably existed at the eastern and northern ends of the rampart".
"We are at the square, around which the public life of the Gallo-Roman city was organised".
"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''.
"Inhabitants showed considerable ability in adapting to the challenges of this restless river by reinforcing its banks, regularly raising buildings and strengthening road surfaces".
Picnic areas are available and recycling containers are situated at the entrance to the building.
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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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