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JAULNAY-CLAN Dept. Vienne, France.

Situated near and on the Tours-Poitiers road on the left bank of the Clain. Important remains were first noted in 1875 and have been excavated on different occasions since then. The Jaulnay church seems to have been built on the site of a huge bath building whose floors were paved with mosaics in black and white geometric designs: lozenges framed in rectangles or with borders. The tesserae are 6-8 mm on each side. Some large substructures were uncovered on the site in 1953 S of the church when mains were being laid, but they could not be explored further. There were walls of mortared rubble with a facing of small blocks, and some arched drains. The walls were decorated with frescos with a design of stylized palmettes and bouquets of eglantine. The walls had a glazed surface, apparently to give a watertight bond to rooms intended to hold water.

What may have been baths belonging to a villa, or Roman foundations, were discovered in 1888 some 800 m away, on the other side of Route Nationale No. 10.

The foundations of a peripteral temple 7.70 m sq have also been excavated. The cella was ringed with 12 fluted and cabled columns, one of which is still standing at the side of the road; it came from the site of the temple, 250 m to the W. Four steps led to the temple entrance, which was to the E.


Gallia 12.1 (1954) 177-81IP.


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