Gallo-Roman settlements: Developing the land
Variations on a theme
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Le Mesge (Somme) Ecoust-Saint-Mein (Pas-de-Calais) Nevertheless, there are a few slight variations to this basic layout. Sometimes, instead of having a rectangular shape, the two courtyards flare outward, taking on a somewhat trapezoidal form, while remaining perfectly geometrical and very large (Agache 1978 et Agache, Bréart 1975). The largest are those at Le Mesge (Somme), Ecoust-Saint-Mein (Pas-de-Calais), and especially the one at Lahoussoye (Somme), the only villa to have three successive courtyards.

A few large villas have overall layouts that are somewhat less regular, although their organization is very similar, like at Malpart (Somme), Daours-Vecquemont (Somme), and Vaux-sur-Somme. In most cases, this irregularity is the result of later modifications, destruction, and rebuilding.
Le Mesge (Somme)
Ecoust-Saint-Mein (Pas-de-Calais)
Lahoussoye (Somme) Malpart (Somme)
Lahoussoye (Somme)
Malpart (Somme)
Flers (Somme) Belleuse (Somme)
Flers (Somme)
Belleuse (Somme)
If the plan of the villa at Belleuse (Somme) appears irregular, it is because this villa was reorganized or reconstructed at least three times. The doorway connecting the two courtyards has clearly been moved on three occasions.
There are many examples of such modifications (Agache 1970 et 1978).

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