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AVRIGNEY Haute-Saône, France.

In the Vergenne woods near the road from Vesontio (Besançon) to Andematunnum (Langres) are quarries which were used in Roman times. They are connected to the highway by a road 3-6 km long. The stone used in the construction of the monuments of Vesontio came from these quarries. It was on Mt. Colombin that the three-horned bronze bull was found in 1756. It is the only one (with that of Martigny) of large size, but it is better preserved than the latter and more naturalistic. It has been in the museum at Besançon since 1873.


Site and quarries: L. Suchaux, Dictionnaire historique, topographique et statistique de la Haute-Saône 1 (1866) 40, 130-31. The bull: P. Lebel, Catalogue des collections archéologiques de Besançon, V. Les bronzes figurés (1961) 47-48, no. 132, with earlier bibl.


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