Its presence had eluded archaeologists for nearly 400 years: the Roman camp of Excisum has finally been identified and brought to light in Villeneuve-sur-Lot, in Lot-et-Garonne.
Thanks to a preventive excavation operation started in January, on the land of a future dwelling, archaeologists from the Eveha research office have excavated a section of a Roman camp from the 1st century which could be one of the oldest settlements soldiers of this kind in Roman Gaul.
The quest for this untraceable Roman camp began under the Ancien Régime, in the time of the learned societies and antique dealers of yesteryear.
The presence of a half-collapsed ancient tower, in the former village of Eysses, today a district of Villeneuve-sur-Lot, indeed suggested an ancient presence in the surroundings.
“The track of a military camp was raised following the discovery of two funerary stelae of soldiers, in the 17th - 18th century;
then this hypothesis was revived at the end of the XX
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