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Gallo-Roman vicus of the civitas Tungrorum, on the Baudecet-Tourinnes-Elewijt-Rumst road, a secondary road linking the Bavai-Tongres and Bavai-Ganda-Utrecht roads. The remains of the vicus are found on both sides of this road over a distance of more than 3 km. Excavations, undertaken in 1910, were left incomplete. Although ca. 10 dwellings had been noted, only two were studied. One was a humble wooden cabin (5 x 3.5 m), with a stamped earth floor and wattle-and-daub walls. The tile roof had collapsed in one piece over the room, without greatly disturbing the rows of tiles and their imbrication. All these tiles, of various sizes, were refuse items. The other dwelling (12.15 x 4.1 m) had a porch (4.1 x 2 m) in front of the facade. The interior of this dwelling was divided by a brick wall. It was heated by a hypocaust which extended under the whole building. The outer walls were made of white sandstone ashlars and were 0.9 m thick. The roof was covered with slates measuring 0.6 m square. A ditch full of plastic clay mixed with sand was found beside the house. A potter's kiln with an interior diameter of 2.2 m was excavated nearby and dumps full of sherds and defective pieces were also found. The potter made mainly large dolia, mortars, and pottery for daily use. During the same excavations, a funeral pyre and some incineration tombs with very poor grave goods were found 200 m from the potter's kiln. Three large barrows were erected N of the vicus, two of which survive. They were 5 m high and 15 m in diameter. Neither funerary chambers nor grave goods have been located. The remains found so far date the vicus to the 2d and 3d c.


R. De Maeyer, De Overbijilselen der Romeinsche Villa's in België (1940) 27-28; J. Martin, Le Pays de Gembloux des origines à l'an mil (1950) 49-55; M. Desittere, Bibliografisch repertorium der oudheidkundige vondsten in Brabant (1963) 150-51.


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