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Situated in the valley of the Serein, a tributary of the Yonne. The richness of the Yonne and Saône valleys in the Gallo-Roman period has long been recognized from scattered remains of settlements and the presence of large villas. The Serein valley was probably no less rich, as is evident in particular from two recently excavated villas, one at Noyers-sur-Serein (the area known as La Tête de Fer) and the other at La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne (Les Roches). The second villa, the only one that has been excavated thoroughly, comprises a large porticoed courtyard with rooms arranged around it according to a regular plan. To the E, on the facade, is a large ditch between two towers or square rooms. The various stages of the buildings range from the end of the 1st c. A.D. to the beginning of the 4th c. A few fragments of decorative figured reliefs, made of limestone, give an idea of their richness.


Abbé Duchâtel, “L'établissement gallo-romain des Roches ii La Chapelle-Vaupelteigne (Yonne),” Rev. Arch. de l'Est 21 (1970) 261-330; id., Noyers et son territoire dans l'Antiquité (1966);Gallia 22 (1964) 331-32P.


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