The greatest discovery of recent years is the Celtic temple or Fanum.
It was built between 60 and 80 A.D. .
It must have been burned down perhaps at the beginning of the third century. Similar temples have been found till now only in very important Gaulish centers.
Now, there are only the bases of the walls left, and also the floors where excavation has revealed fragments of numerous items from the upper part (tiles, painted plaster, marble friezes and capitals).
|Attempted reconstruction drawing of the east front.|
Excavations suggest that there may have been thermal baths nearby.
View from the west side
Base of a column
Painted wall plaster
Their study has revealed very rich ornamentation :
At least, half a dozen pictures have been found, representing many figures, the stern of a vessel, a kneeling man, ...
Unfortunately, the small size and also the distribution of the chips has only allowed very partial reconstruction.
On the other hand, the style of the paintings indicates a fairly precise date for the pictures, that is to say : between 70 and 77 A.D.
|The head of a figure|
Bronze head of a ram
This bronze head of a ram found in the temple enclos-ure calls to mind
worship of the god Mercury (or of a Celtic god derived from him).