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CARACOTINUM Normandie, France.

The Gallo-Roman town was on the right bank of the Seine estuary, more or less on the site of mediaeval Harfleur. In prehistoric times, this site must have been an active port, lying as it did at the end of the overland and sea routes of the bronze trade. The first mention of the ancient port is in the Antonine Itinerary, on the route from Augustobonam (Troyes) to Caracotinum (Harfleur).

A temple discovered in 1840 is the most interesting monument. Constructed on a Celtic religious site W of the town, the fanum looked down on the estuary. It was square and surrounded by a simple colonnade.

Ruins of many villas have been identified on the slopes above the port. A necropolis with cremation burials was discovered NW of the town, where the present cemetery is. In 1964, a pottery workshop was discovered on a terrace at the base of Mont Cabert. Excavation uncovered tunnel-kilns, run-off trenches, and rubble heaps. Traces of the important Augustobona-Caracotinum road are still visible on the slopes to the NW. The objects found (vases, urns, jewelry, coins, statuettes) have been stored in the Harfleur city hall, awaiting installation in a local archaeological museum.


Fallue, Mémoire de la Société des Antiquaires de Normandie 12 (1840)M; A. Naef, “La Sanctuaire romain d'Harfleur,” S. Havraise d'Etudes Diverses (1894)MPI; J. Lachastre, “Les fouilles du Mont-Cabert à Harfleur,” SNEP 39 (1967)I; id., “Le sanctuaire gallo-romain d'Harfleur,” ibidPI.


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