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MARGERIDES Corrèze, France.

Thick, well-preserved limestone walls were discovered about 20 years ago during plowing at Les Pièces Grandes. Many tiles and a number of potsherds were also found.

Excavations since 1965 have revealed a large religious complex. It consists of a fanum, two small subsidiary structures, and three altars. A surrounding wall ca. 22 m E of the temple facade leads to a rectangular building. To the N, some distance from this complex, is a badly damaged monument with a gallery on its N side. Objects found include 180 coins, evidence that the site was occupied from the 1st to the 4th c. A.D.; two statues of the Mother Goddess, one of them mutilated; another mutilated statue, and a bronze statuette resembling the god Cernunnos.

The cella walls of the fanum were ca. 7 m on a side, 0.48 m thick, and are preserved to an average height of 0.5 m. They were built of an irregular medium-sized masonry of gray granite; the inner and outer surfaces were carefully constructed of small stones bonded with mortar, and were coated with limestone. The walls, now uneven in height, stand on a thicker foundation that forms a redan at its base. The floor is a regular checker-work of different types of small stones, most of them granite, however, and consists of just one layer varying in thickness from 0.1 to 0.15 m. The stones are laid on a fairly compact sandy floor.

The gallery walls, 12.8 m on a side, 0.49 m thick, and standing to an average height of 0.8 to 1 m, are well preserved on two sides. The inner surface has an irregular medium-sized masonry with a flat facing, while the outer one consists essentially of regular rows of small granite blocks 0.09 m square.


“Informations,” Gallia 25 (1967) 299-301PI; 27 (1969) 318P; 29 (1971) 311-12I.


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