Entremont, France

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A large Celto‐Ligurian oppidum near Aix‐en‐Provence in the south of France. It was the capital of the Saluvii tribe until destroyed by the Romans in 124 bc. Originally constructed in the 3rd century bc, Entremont was roughly triangular in plan and enclosed by a stone wall with rectangular projecting towers. Within the enclosure were houses, a regular street plan, a drainage network, and, near the centre, an important sanctuary. Finds include human heads and torsos carved in the round and four‐sided limestone pillars with severed heads carved in relief. The occupants of the site were well connected to the classical world, as shown by a wide range of imports to the site. Especially important was eating and drinking equipment, the use of which is demonstrated by the discarded amphorae containers in which luxury food and drink would have arrived.

http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/arcnat/entremont/en/index2.htm The Gauls in Provence and the oppidum of Entremont.


F. Benoît, 1975, The Celtic oppidum of Entremont, Provence. In R. Bruce‐Mitford (ed.), Recent archaeological excavations in Europe. London: Routledge, 227–59

Subjects: Archaeology.

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