At the heart
of a depression surrounded by hilltops once occupied
in the Celto-Ligurian period, the mediaeval and modern
town is placed in the vicinity of the mutatio of Anteae.
This mutatio was on the road from Forum Julii (Fréjus)
to Reii Apollinares (Riez). Its exact location has not
been determined. Remains of Gallo-Roman dwellings
have been revealed at various places, notably at Saint-Hermentaire where excavations have uncovered a farming villa and several rooms, a complete bath installation, and various arrangements for crafts (tubs, ore
furnace, etc.). Other remains of villas have been noted.
A rich cremation tomb, found inside the town itself,
has produced a notable silver pyxis with reliefs. At Draguignan the Centre de Documentation Archéologique du
Var contains archaeological material from the whole department of the Var.
“Chronique des circonscriptions arch.,” Gallia
(1952ff); Provence Hist
. 3 (1953); 4 (1954).