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On the occasion of National Archaeology Days on May 21 and 22
next, the Ministry of Culture and Communication launches the website This multimedia creation presents 3D reconstructions of the
Loupian Gallo-Roman villa and the main moments of its evolution.

Loupian’s villa
The Roman era saw the emergence and spread of a model of farming
based on large estates: villas. The excavation of one of these large
farms, in Loupian on the Languedoc coast, reveals a facet of the world
rural Roman Gaul, with its great owners who shared their time
between otium (time of rest and study) and negotium (time of business), its
agricultural estates exploited by slave labour. Between the first
farm (1st century BC) and the luxurious residence of late antiquity, this
villa du Midi de la Gaule has had successive recompositions testifying
diversified agricultural and craft activities, and residential developments in the
mode of times.

The website invites you to discover a rural residence that has been
thoroughly excavated since the 1960s and studied with its space
property. It testifies to the permanent renewal of research on villas in
Roman Gaul, the current state of knowledge, and the diversity of
architectural expressions throughout the Gaulish provinces.

«Several Roman villas from various countries have been the subject of 3D modelling and
presentation of virtual images. […] The specificity of Loupian’s virtual tour
is to introduce the succession of states over the centuries, to present all the
components of a farm and give a view of some of the
Christophe Pellecuer, curator at DRAC Languedoc-Roussillon,
author of the website

Exploring the treasures of Villa-Loupian
With 4 reconstructions of the villa, 250 photos, 150 plans, maps and diagrams, 30
video excerpts, a 360° panorama of exceptional polychrome mosaics and
animated presentations… the site presents a wealth of living data
accessible to all audiences. A component for teachers and school
interactive explorations of the residence’s interior and spaces
environment, supplemented by 12 teaching sheets and 10 games.

This multimedia production highlights the exemplary operation that brought together
the State to local and regional authorities, and the partnership with the
Thau Basin. A multidisciplinary team composed of
of archaeologists, restorers, architects, mediators has contributed to the
research, preservation of remains and public reception on the museum, which was
created in 2000 in the heart of the archaeological site.

Multimedia collection «Major archaeological sites»
Available in French and English, this virtual tour is part of the collection
Multimedia «Major Archaeological Sites» published by the Department of
Higher Education, Research and Technology, at the Secretariat
in collaboration with the Directorate’s Archaeology Branch
heritage. The site thus completes a rich collection of
20 multimedia sites that enable a wide audience around the world to
discover or explore unique heritage sites among
which include Lascaux, Saqqara, Saint-Denis or the corsair wrecks of the