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PUISSALICON Canton of Servian, Hérault, France.

Large Gallo-Roman villa 13 km N of Béziers on the banks of the Libron. It is near the old Romanesque church of Saint-Étienne-de-Pezan, of which only the splendid campanile remains. The ancient architectural ensemble, shaped like a U open to the N, includes a large pool, baths, living quarters, and outbuildings. The interior decoration was particularly elaborate (marble floors and wall facings, painted plaster). There are numerous signs of remodeling. The artifacts found, which are abundant and relatively luxurious, cover the entire Roman period. The leveled remains of this great agricultural estate, which possessed every refinement of comfort (water, heating, decoration) are no longer visible.


“Informations,” Gallia 24 (1966) 471; 27 (1969) 399; J. P. Bacou, “La villa gallo-romaine de Condoumine à Puissalicon,” Revue Archéologique de Narbonnaise 4 (1971) 93-147MPI.


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