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Les occupations protohistoriques du sanctuaire de La Bauve à Meaux (Seine-et-Marne)

Abstract : La Bauve in Meaux is mainly known for its gallo-roman sanctuary, excavated during different campaigns since its discovery in the 1970s. Several sites dating from the 1st century AD precede the building of this monumental sanctuary In the layers and structures dating from this period, many weapon fragments from the La Tène period have been found. Their distribution suggests that these elements are part of a secondary deposit, treated as simple waste during the roman period. The weapons all date from the early La Tène period, but the corpus is absolutely not representative of the equipment of this period and the composition of the deposit seems selective. Swords, spears and shield elements are distinctly underrepresented. However, scabbards are particularly numerous. All of the scabbards have been broken up and none are whole, probably the result of some voluntary procedure. Several rare elements are also worth note such as a small anthropomorphist statue and miniature swords with pseudo-scabbards. These different elements indicate the presence of a special structure (a trophy or shrine) erected at the end of the early La Tène period and probable dismantled when the site was reoccupied during the roman period. Nothing suggests that the site was occupied during the middle and late La Tène period. This chronological gap is particularly large and indicates no chronological relation between the Prehistoric and Gallo-roman occupation of the site.
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Stéphane Marion. Les occupations protohistoriques du sanctuaire de La Bauve à Meaux (Seine-et-Marne). Olivier Buchsenschutz; Alain Bulard; Thierry Lejars. L’âge du Fer en Île-de-France. Actes du XXVIe colloque de l’Association française pour l’étude de l’âge du Fer (Paris et Saint-Denis, 9-12 mai 2002), Supplément à la Revue archéologique du Centre de la France (26), FERACF, pp.85-95, 2005, 978-2913272118. ⟨halshs-02530214⟩

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