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Unnamed settlement at Sampuy

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 Nov 14, 2018 09:11 AM History
An extensive Roman-era settlement identified via aerial photography and archaeological survey in the modern French commune of Mérouville.

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settlement, forest

Barrington Atlas: BAtlas 11 B4 Mérouville

Although detected in the 19th century, it was "aerial archaeology" work in the 1960s-80s (see Jalmain 1986) that revealed the extent of the site and its relationship to presumed Roman roads intersecting there (Jalmain 1999). The site does not seem to be mentioned in ancient sources, although it may have coalesced around a road station. Field survey has produced significant coin finds (Jalmain 1999, CAG).

The most visible manifestation of the site is the "Haie de Sampuy," a rectangular, treed area overlying an ancient road along the edge of which (at least in this vicinity) the modern French D-142 runs northeast from Mérouville to intersect the "Route de Chartes" before arriving at Gommerville. An old road known as the "Chemin de Saint-Mathurin" intersects the D-142, bounding the short, northern edge of the "Haie." It is from this wooded tract that the surrounding ancient settlement has acquired its common modern name in the literature, where it is styled "vicus de Sampuy" or simply "Sampuy." 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., "Mérouville").

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C. Haselgrove, J. Kunow, DARMC, R. Talbert, Sean Gillies, Tom Elliott, and Jeffrey Becker, 'Unnamed settlement at Sampuy: a Pleiades place resource', Pleiades: A Gazetteer of Past Places, 2018 <> [accessed: 23 September 2023]

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