Infrared view of a large
Gallo-Roman villa
at Martainneville (Somme)
Gallo-Roman settlements: The Gallo-Roman villa
The overall layout of the major villas
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Infrared view of a large Gallo-Roman villa at Martainneville (Somme) Aerial prospecting has revealed that almost all of the great villas in Picardy, Artois, and a large part of northern Gaul had sophisticated, perfectly orthogonal layouts, and that they were impressively large.

This is a crucial discovery, because it brings to light previously poorly-understood facts. Of course, Belgian archaeologists were able to establish the complete layout of an immense, perfectly rectangular villa at Anthée (near Namur), with a host of buildings lining the central courtyard.

It was thought that this structure had no equivalent, and it was described as a half-agricultural, half-industrial villa, with "workers' housing" arranged around a 500-meter-long courtyard.


We now know that this is the type of establishment that aerial archaeology has
shown to be the rule throughout northern France.


Large Gallo-Roman villa whose layout is nearly identical to the one at Warfusée-Abancourt Sud. Cappy (Somme).   Large Gallo-Roman villa, typical for northern France, Estrées-sur-Noye (Somme).
Large Gallo-Roman villa whose layout is nearly identical to the one at Warfusée-Abancourt Sud.
Cappy (Somme).
  Large Gallo-Roman villa, typical for northern France, Estrées-sur-Noye (Somme).


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