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MAUBEUGE Nord, France.

In the arrondissement of Avesnes; chief town in the canton. The ancient site of Maubeuge, now a sizable industrial city on the Sambre, was farther N on the Roman road from Bavai to Trèves; the road has been investigated and can still be seen E of the Meubeuge-Mons road at the spot known as Le Petit Camp. A villa at Le Bois Brûlé has also been excavated: five corner rooms with a gallery have been uncovered as well as a room with a hypocaust, a little farther back. The rooms have been identified as a forge, a kitchen, and a workshop. It is uncertain as yet whether the complex was a villa or a rural vicus. The objects found there—a fibula with an enameled design, coins, pottery, Roman farm tools—are now in the city museum. Ever since the early 18th c. many chance finds have been made, generally in the suburb of Mons, through which runs the Roman road from Bavai to Trèves. Many coins have been found at the S end of the forest; in fact, the Roman road is known locally as the road of the coins.


Dictionnaire archéologique de la Gaule II (1878) 171; Jennepin, Histoire de Maubeuge, 3 vols. (1879); C. Croix, L'Avesnois préhistorique, gaulois, gallo-romain et franc (1956); E. Will, “Informations archéologiques,” Gallia 25, 2 (1967) 195; “L'activité archéologique dans la circonscription des Antiquités historiques des régions Nord et Picardie,” Revue du Nord 195 (1967) 773.


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