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SOSTOMAGUS (Castelnaudary) Aude, France.

The Burdigalense Itinerary indicates the post-station of Sostomago as 38 Roman miles E of Toulouse, on the Narbonne route, which situates it at Castelnaudary. This little town, whose name is mentioned for the first time in 1118 (Castrum novum Arri), is built on a hill whose highest point is called le Pech. It is generally thought that the ancient relay station Sostomagus, whose name is Gaulish in origin, was situated at the foot of the mediaeval settlement, on the site of the present basin of the Canal du Midi. In any case, excavations carried out in 1966 have uncovered the foundations of huts and of great silos dating from the 1st c. B.C. on the Pech itself and, 800 m from it, on the site of St-Jacques.


M. E. Griffe, “Les voies romaines du pays narbonnais,” Annales du Midi 200 (1938)M; E. Baux, “La voie romaine de Narbonne à Toulouse,” Bull. de la Soc. d'Etudes scientifiques de l'Aude 55 (1955)M; A. Grenier, Carte arch. de la Gaule romaine, fasc. XII, Aude (1959)MP; M. Passelac & G. Rancoule, “Les fosses à amphores du Pech et de Saint-Jacques à Castelnaudary (Aude),” Bull. de la Soc. d'Etudes scientifiques de l'Aude 68 (1968)PI.


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