Aulnat, France

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An extensive Iron Age settlement near Clermont Ferrand, Auvergne, southern France. Extensive excavations began under the leadership of M. Robert Périchon in 1966, joined by John Collis and a British team from 1973. This work has established that occupation began in the 3rd century bc. As well as the remains of an extensive agricultural settlement there is abundant evidence for industrial activity at the site, including gold‐working, silversmithing, and the use of coral, glass, bone, and textiles. Gold and silver coins were amongst the products. Imported luxury items from the Mediterranean show that it was heavily involved in long‐distance trade. The site was abandoned between 40 bc and 20 bc, soon after the Roman conquest of the area, when the oppidum of Gergovie was founded.


J. R. Collis, 1980, Aulnat and urbanisation in France: second interim report.  Archaeological Journal, 137, 40–49

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