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Temples in Gaul and Italy

New excavations and discoveries
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Temples de Gaule et d’Italie - Nouvelles fouilles
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Source: La lettre, no. 38, June 2014

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1Alongside the publications of the temples of La Magliana (Rome) and Djebel Oust (Tunisia), and the project of compiling the corpus of Ancient Italy’s places of worship (entitled Fana Templa Delubra), John Scheid regularly organizes seminars dedicated to the new findings of recent excavations that have not yet been published.

Alesia, Temple of Apollo Moritasgus

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2The emphasis is primarily put on new information concerning rites observed in the field. Whereas last year the seminar discussed places of worship in Italy, this year it focused mainly on France, apart from two papers which discussed the example of Brescia (Filomena Rossi presented the spectacular evolution of a place of worship, from the sixth century until it became a Capitol; and Serena Solano retraced contemporary development of the Sanctuary of Minerva in Breno, towards the borders of Brescia).

3Some presentations concerned extraordinary discoveries: Gabriel Rocque described the successive stages of the major place of worship in Magny-Cours (Allier) and presented questions posed by its functioning, while Didier Rigal described the launch of archaeological explorations in the city of Cahors. Other presentations examined new developments on already known sites. Stéphane Sindonino thus reflected on the new Temple 4 of Argentogamus (Indre), which raises comprehension issues, and Sandrine Bertaudière presented the new material found on the large Vieil-Evreux site (Eure), especially interesting ritual deposits. Pascal Vipart described an original case, that of the development of a worship district in Nasium/Forum Leucorum (Meuse), the first capital of the Leuques, and then its dissembling when the city-capital was transferred to Toul.

4The last two examples discussed were the old excavations of Grand (Vosges) and Alésia (Côte d’Or). Thierry Dechezleprêtre described the stages of the identification and inventory work and of the new excavations carried out at Grand, where archaeologists are still trying to determine whether or not the town hosted the large temple of Apollo they once dreamed about. At Alésia, they are also resuming and completing old excavations around the temple of Apollo Moritasgus. Olivier de Cazanove, who has been leading these excavations for the last few years, presented their latest findings. All these examples raised questions on the value of previous arguments and hypotheses, and provided information on exploration strategies for the next few years. The seminar was attended by a large audience, which actively took part in the discussion on these generally spectacular excavations.

John Scheid, Collège de France
Luoghi di culto e processi di romanizzazione: due esempi in Cisalpina (Places of Worship and the Process of Romanization: Two Examples in Cisalpina)
Filomena Rossi and Serena Solano, Lombardy Superintendence of Cultural Heritage
First Results of the Magny-Cours Excavation
Gabriel Rocque, Preventive Archaeology Service of the Département de l’Allier
Places of Worship in Cahors-Divona, Recent Discoveries and State of the Art
Didier Rigal, INRAP
New Data on Places of Worship in Argentomagus: Temple 4
Stéphane Sindonino, INRAP
New Discoveries in Vieil Evreux
Laurent Guyard, Département du Lot, and Sandrine Bertaudière, Site and Programmed Excavation Manager, MADE (Mission archéologique départementale de l'Eure)
The Worship District in Nasium/Forum Leucorum (Naix-aux-Forges and Saint-Amand-sur-Ornain, Meuse), First City-Capital of the Leuci.
Pascal Vipart, University of Nancy
The Grand Site after Recent Work
Thierry Dechezleprêtre, Conseil général des Vosges, UMR 8546 CNRS/ENS
New Elements on the Temple of Apollo Moritasgus
Olivier de Cazanove, University Paris 1

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John SCHEID, « Temples in Gaul and Italy », La lettre du Collège de France [En ligne], 9 | 2015, mis en ligne le 28 septembre 2015, consulté le 13 décembre 2017. URL :

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