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Gallo-Roman Sanctuary at Bû

a Pleiades place resource

Creators: C. Haselgrove, J. Kunow
Contributors: DARMC, R. Talbert, Sean Gillies, Tom Elliott, Jeffrey Becker
Copyright © The Creators. Sharing and remixing permitted under terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License (cc-by).
Last modified Dec 30, 2018 05:27 PM History
Remains of a rectangular Romano-Celtic temple were excavated north of the French town of Bû (in the department of Eure-et-Loir), beginning in the 1960s. Other buildings of uncertain nature and a theater were also identified in the vicinity. Coins and pottery discovered at the site indicate there was activity there during the Roman imperial period.

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sanctuary (religious center)

Barrington Atlas: BAtlas 11 B4 Bû

This site is located in a section of the Forêt domaniale de Dreux directly north of Bû.

The site name is given variously in the literature and online. Charles-Picard wrote in the 1960s that the ancient site was "désigné dans le cadastre sous le nom de pièce des fours à chaux" and was locally known as pièce de l'église. Writing a decade later, Kisch lists it under the rubric "Bû - Au Bois du Four à Chaux." Fauduet, writing in the 1980s, prefers the fuller descriptive title "Le sanctuaire Gallo-romain des Bois du Four à Chaux à Bû." The Barrington Atlas followed its standard practice of labeling sites whose ancient name is unknown simply with the name of nearest modern settlement or administrative district (i.e., "Bû").

The original excavations of the 1960s seem never to have been published (so Fauduet 1990, page 93, note 1), but new excavations in the 1980s resulted in an exhibition at the municipal museum in Dreux (catalogue: Fauduet 1984) and a trio of reports in the Bulletin de la Société archéologique d'Eure-et-Loir (Fauduet 1988, 1988a, 1988b).

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C. Haselgrove, J. Kunow, DARMC, R. Talbert, Sean Gillies, Tom Elliott, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Gallo-Roman Sanctuary at Bû: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 03 March 2024]

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