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Oppida, agglomerations and suburbia : the Bibracte environs and new perspectives on Late Iron Age urbanism in central-eastern France.

Moore, T. and Braun, A. and Creighton, J. and Cripps, L. and Haupt, P. and Klenner, I. and Nouvel, P. and Ponroy, C. and Schönfelder, M. (2013) 'Oppida, agglomerations and suburbia : the Bibracte environs and new perspectives on Late Iron Age urbanism in central-eastern France.', European journal of archaeology., 16 (3). pp. 491-517.

Abstract

This paper explores the nature and chronology of La Tène and early Roman unenclosed agglomerations in central-eastern France. It has been prompted by the discovery of a c. 115 ha La Tène D2b/Augustan (c. 50 bc to ad 15) site close to Bibracte in the Morvan, located around the source of the River Yonne. This complex provides a new perspective on the chronology and role of Late La Tène and early Roman unenclosed settlements, adding further complexity to the story of the development of Late La Tène oppida. It indicates that these ‘agglomerations’ followed remarkably varied chronological trajectories, raising important issues concerning the nature of landscape and social change at the end of the Iron Age.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:La Tène, Oppidum, France, Agglomeration, Landscape archaeology.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1461957113Y.0000000034
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:24 February 2015
Date of first online publication:August 2013
Date first made open access:No date available

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