Wintertime view of the full site at Ribemont-sur-Ancre (Somme).
Gallic and Gallo-Roman sanctuaries
Close-up: The sanctuary at Ribemont-sur-Ancre (Somme)
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Wintertime view of the full site at Ribemont-sur-Ancre (Somme). The very large and important site of Ribemont-sur-Ancre is located in the Ancre River Valley, a small tributary of the Somme about seventeen kilometers east of Amiens. It was found by aerial prospecting in 1963 (Agache, 1964) and published the following year as a large Gallo-Roman villa, because only the upper part of this set of buildings was visible. The many flyovers carried out over thirty years, and the archaeological excavations — first undertaken under the leadership of Alain Ferdière (within the framework of a program set up by Professor Ernest Will), and then of Jean-Louis Cadoux — revealed that the ancient vestiges spread out along a kilometer-long area, in a system of terraces, all the way up to the edges of the present-day village. This vast set of structures was part of an agglomeration that included the baths, a number of auxiliary buildings, a 3,000-seat theater, and a sanctuary on the highest part
of the hill. The layout of the sanctuary is quite similar to those in major urban areas.

View of the upper part of the sanctuary that can seen in the grain.   The same site being excavated a few years later by the team of J.-L. Brunaux.
View of the upper part of the sanctuary that can seen in the grain.   The same site being excavated a few years later by the team of J.-L. Brunaux.

A research program was set up in 1990 by a team led by Jean-Louis Brunaux. It is excavating the Gallic sanctuary and is reexamining the arrival and installation of Gallo-Roman culture (Brunaux et alii, 1999).


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