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A large group of ruins was explored at the end of the 17th c. in the incorrect belief that it was the ancient town of Aventicum.

At the highest point on the site, near lake Antre, a sanctuary has been identified by dedicatory inscriptions to Mars and to Bellona; it contained a rectangular temple, a round or oval one, and other buildings.

Lower down the Héria brook, formed in part by the lake's water via an underground passage, is straddled by the Pont des Arches, built of large blocks. It consists of two parallel galleries covered with flat slabs and it supported a building that was presumably a temple. There are large structures on both sides of the stream. On the right bank the 17th c. excavations uncovered baths and other remains, perhaps those of a theater.

Excavations on the left bank since 1961 have unearthed a large ensemble. East of the bridge is a square paved with slabs, with a well-built catchment basin in the middle, and a stairway like that of the so-called temple. Farther S, a gallery with two perpendicular arms frames another square. The gallery is decorated with frescos and contained a bronze statue of C. Licinius Campanus, priest of the Three Gauls, which was dedicated by the Sequani. Finally, there is a bath bordered to the E by a gallery with exedrae and divided into two parts, each including a cold pool built of large blocks, a hypocaust, and various associated structures.


L. Lerat, “La ‘ville d'Antre.’ Mythes et réalités,” Annales Littéaires de l'Université de Besançon 19 (1965); “Informations,” Gallia 18 (1960) 256-60; 20 (1962) 528-39; 22 (1964) 407-10; 24 (1966) 365-70; 26 (1968) 453-65.


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