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SABLÉ Sarthe, France.

Excavations in the area known as La Ferme de la Tour near the village of Sablé have determined the nature and plan of some buried Gallo-Roman structures which had been detected by aerial photography. Clearly the buildings uncovered are part of a religious complex, consisting of a circular cella surrounded by a concentric wall. The space between the two forms an ambulatory, thus constituting a structural group somewhat similar to that discovered in Crozon, Finistère. Some 30 m away are two more religious buildings, contiguous fana, this time square in shape. Their walls have disappeared, but the plan could be deduced from traces left by the bottom of the foundation trenches.

At Avoise, a small village near Sabld, are the substructures of a large Gallo-Roman building. It contained a fine hypocaust, many 4th c. objects, and a large pool, the bottom and sides of which were carefully built of slabs.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

“Informations,” Gallia 27, 1 (1969) 244-46.

M. PETIT

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