Dept. Seine-et-Marne, France.
Châteaubleau, in the Provins arrondissement in the
canton of Nangis, is the site of a Gallo-Roman settlement covering about 30 ha that was inhabited until the
3d c. It lies along the Roman road linking Sens to Senlis
by way of Meaux and just next to the boundaries of
the old dioceses of Meaux and Sens which seem to have
been drawn up on the limits of the ancient cities of the
Meldi and Senones.
The site has been under excavation since 1960. Finds
include a water-cult sanctuary at La Tannerie, and, at
Le Vois de la Vigne, a rustic theater. The sanctuary,
a rectangle (31.10 x 35.65 m) with two apses on each
of the long sides, still has water coming into it. Some
curious ex-votos have been excavated there; carved in
painted mortar, they represent eyes and ears, leading to
the supposition that there was a fountain divinity that
healed those organs. The middle of the sanctuary apparently had a pool in it, which has not yet been uncovered. Only pottery and 3d c. coins have been found
in the sanctuary. The rustic theater has seats covered
with wood and cut in the soil and is modest in size
(80 x 53 m).
M. Fleury, “Informations arch.,” Gallia