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VERVOZ Belgium.

A vicus of the civitas Tungrorum, on the Tongres-Arlon road. Its prosperity is attested by the presence of bases of several funerary monuments and many artifacts among the grave gifts (lead urns, a bronze candelabrum, a bronze tripod, many pieces of glass including two kanthari, jewelry, and pieces of sculpture including the drum of a column depicting an Attis).

Recent excavations have brought to light the foundations of several buildings on both sides of the ancient road, including perhaps a covered market. The most important discovery is a large bath building. The frigidarium (4.5 x 2 m, with apses 1.6 m deep at two ends) has been excavated, as well as the tepidarium on a suspensura, and several appended rooms. This building was remodeled on at least two occasions. The potter's district is located on the outskirts of the vicus. A dozen kilns have been excavated there which were in use during the 1st c. A hoard of coins buried ca. 254 and another ca. 260 indicate that the vicus must have suffered from the barbarian invasions of the second half of the 3d c. Except for a hoard of coins that was buried during the reign of Arcadius ca. 402, there are no certain remains of occupation of the site during the Late Empire.


F. Cumont, “Notice sur un Attis funéraire découvert à Vervoz,” Bull. de l'Inst. arch. liégeois 29 (1900) 65-73; R. De Maeyer, De Overblijfselen der Romeinsche Villa's in België (1940) 136-39; A. M. Defize-LeJeune, Répertoire bibliographique des trouvailles archéologiques de la province de Liège (1964) 24-26; J. Willems et al., “Les potiers gallo-belges de Vervoz,” Bull. du Cercle arch. Hesbaye-Condroz 6 (1966) 47-112; M. Thirion, Les trésors monétaires gaulois et romains trouvés en Belgique (1967) 61-62; J. Willems & E. Lauwerÿs, “Le vicus belgo-romain de Vervoz,” Helinium 13 (1973) 155-74MPI.


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