Estrées-sur-Noye (Somme).
 
 
Overall view of the Gallo-Roman villa at Estrées-sur-Noye (Somme).
Gallo-Roman settlements: Developing the land
A typical Gallo-Roman villa
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Overall view of the Gallo-Roman villa at Estrées-sur-Noye (Somme). The villa at Estrées-sur-Noye (Somme) is characteristic of these vast rural establishments.

Examining it, we are struck by the size and the monumentality of the principal habitation. Located at the rim of the plateau, facing the rising sun, it dominates the entire Noye valley. Seen from the air, this main building takes on very different appearances depending on the season.
Often, it is completely invisible. With the help of aerial photographs taken several years in a row, and thanks to deep plowing that rendered the foundation lines visible, the villa's basic layout was established on the ground.
Although less extensive, it is very similar to the huge ensemble at Anthée in Belgium.

Same site: partial view of the main residence in summertime, among the crops. The locations of the foundations appear in green, and are a little clearer.   Same site, partial view of the main residence in wintertime
Same site: partial view of the main residence in summertime, among the crops. The locations of the foundations appear in green, and are a little clearer.
  Same site, partial view of the main residence in wintertime



A: First courtyard (pars urbana)
B: Main residence
C: Second courtyard (pars rustica)
D: Enclosing wall
E: Small square structure: communicating
     door between the two courtyards

F: Second habitation (probably where
     the overseer lived)

G: A number of annexes line both
     sides of the courtyard

X: Quarries

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