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Romans on the frontier of Gaul

A visit to l’ARCHEOSITE DE MONTANS, Tel. 05 63 57 59 16   http://archeosite.ted.fr/ revealed a fascinating display of artefacts and a Roman Society. The Romans, Sunday afternoon, a fine warm day in the company of Romans… Roman_Historian_CAM00106_15_wp.jpg

Unfortunately I don’t have the society web site address, unfortunate because their costumes to my untutored eye, this is not a ‘period I know well, were first class.  Roman_Cuisine_CAM00088_15_wp.jpg

Demonstrating many aspects of Roman life.  Montel_Romans_CAM00068_15_wp.jpg

When Gaillac was still a village Montans (now a village) was a town renowned for its pottery found all over the Roman world in particular on in Aquataine and on the west coast of Europe including Britannia as far North as Scotland.

Demonstrations included training some quite young ‘recruits’, writing, cooking, story telling and much more.

The river Tarn was for many years a frontier separating the Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis (in English: Narbonensian Gaul) centred on Narbonne from Aterix and his mates in Gaul. Montel_Romans_CAM00110_15_wp.jpg

The Roman province founded in the mid-2nd century BC was located in what is now Languedoc and Provence in southern France and was also known as Gallia Transalpina.

Montans quickly developed a reputation for fine pottery which was exported mostly from the navigable head of the Tarn at a place now called Gaillac.

You can still see the road and quay the Romans used from the grounds of the beautiful Abbey St Michel were you will also find a very helpful tourist office.

You can find a little more on this subject on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gallia_Narbonensis