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ALBIAS Tarn-et-Garonne, France.

Near the low hill of Sainte-Rafine, a ford allowed the Roman road from Toulouse to Cahors to cross the Aveyron. Cosa, whose name appears on the Peutinger Table, was a center of some importance from the time of Augustus on. A Gallic coin imitating an Ampurias drachma was found in the bed of the Aveyron. The site itself, which extended along the left bank of the river, has produced a large number of Roman coins and terra sigillata, among other finds. Some of the coins came from Italy, the pottery from Montans and La Graufesenque.


Capitaine Nougarède, “Cosa-Hispalia,” Bull. de la Soc. arch. de Tarn-et-Garonne 62 (1934) 77-123 (avec les remarques critiques d'E. Espérandieu, BCTH [1936-37] 94-95); M. Labrousse & B. Frédefon, “Trouvailles romaines à Sainte-Rafine, commune d'Albias (Tarn-et-Garonne),” Actes du X° Congrès d'études de la Fédération des Soc. académiques et savantes Languedoc-Pyrénées-Gascogne (29-31 mai 1954) 77-91; Labrousse et al., “Les découvertes de Cosa,” Bull. de la Soc. arch. de Tarn-et-Garonne (1959) 31-73, figs. 1-18; Labrousse, “Imitation gauloise de drachme ampuritaine trouvée dans l'Aveyron, sur le site de Cosa (Tarn-et-Garonne),” Ogam 14 (1962) 185-93; id., réédition de Guillaume Lacoste, Hist. générale de la province de Quercy (1968) I xxiii.

For a review of the findings, cf. Labrousse, Gallia 13 (1955) 216; 15 (1957) 274; 20 (1962) 605-6 & figs. 67-68; 22 (1964) 470-71 & fig. 52; 24 (1966) 446 & fig. 39; 26 (1968) 555.


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