1st stage: timber-framed
excavated parts
recreated parts
underground room or basin
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Map D. Busson and V. Charlanne.
 
The houses

Timber-framed houses PAGE PAGE
 
  Cellar made from small stones with two in situ pottery pieces and the carbonised wood of the trap door. Photo: S. Robin / CVP.
Cellar made from small stones with two in situ pottery pieces and the carbonised wood of the trap door.
Photo: S. Robin / CVP.

  View of a domestic oven missing its circular top. Photo: S. Robin / CVP.
View of a domestic oven
missing its circular top.
Photo: S. Robin / CVP.

  Floor plan and organisation

Houses built during the Augustan period were small-close in size to La Tène-era houses-and set in the middle of large, open, rectangular spaces. They consisted of one or two rooms. Later, they grew larger and other rooms were added. Every house had its own clay oven or cooking stone as well as a shallow cellar, where perishable food items were kept. Evidence for this is seen in the discovery of rows of ceramics set in the ground, crushed where they stood when the house burned. These small underground pantries, accessible via a ladder, were closed off by a two-ringed trap door. Waste areas and wells were located in courtyards next to the dwellings. This gave residents access to water-it seems that water supply and drainage systems arrived later.