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LE RUBRICAIRE (“Robrica”) Mayenne, France.

A Roman statio (3d-4th c. A.D.) 11 km from Jublains on the slopes of Mont Rochard. Its function was unquestionably military. At the site can be seen a square defensive rampart 200 m on each side, with towers at the corners. In the S section of this wall and inside it is a round tower generally considered to be a watchtower. Outside the rampart, built against its W wall, are the substructures of houses, stables, and shops.

Excavation outside the rampart and close to it has uncovered a small, fairly well-preserved bath building of the Classical type: a large rectangular structure flanked at the W corner by a rectangular room with an apse to the SW. The hot rooms and service rooms occupy the central building, but the cold baths are in the W annex, where a curved bench follows the contour of the apsed section. The walls on three sides of the building still retain their original height, ca. 5 m.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Grenier, Manuel I, 463.

M. PETIT

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