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Puits et fosses à offrandes en Gaule : l'exemple de Bliesbruck (Moselle)

Abstract : The excavations of Bliesbruck (Moselle) have permetted the exploration of an area of a roman vicus that included essentially several hundred shafts and pits. The study of this area has been the opportunity of examinating the archeological problem of these numerous hollows, shafts or pits, existing on the territory of Gaul and containing often an important archeological movables. This work is divided in three parts. The complete description of the whole which has been digged in Bliesbruck is followed by the study of this whole, from the structural and chronological point of view, so as to display the pertinent characteristics. The chronology has been determined thanks to a seriation. The characteristics which have been used for this seriation are the elements of a typology of the ceramic coming from shafts and pits. The interpretation is made by drawing a parallel between the discovery of Bliesbruck and the comparable discoveries which have been made in the celtic regions. These are presented in a descriptive catalogue which contains for everyone the bibliography and a short notice. The characteristics of the pits and the shafts of Bliesbruck and of a series of roman wholes existing in Gaul and britannia demonstrate that these hollowswere parts of sacred areas where were taking religious ceremonies. These ceremonies were made up of a meal. Sacrifices and offerings. At this juncture were effected deposits in these shafts or pits. It was all about a chtonic cult of fertility and fecundity which the central figur was the mother-godess. Anysites permits to think that it exists antecedents dating from the preroman period. These great wholes where shafts and pits have been hollowed for receiving depositings must be distinguished from the other sites where it was all about utilitary pits or wells which have been used for ritual deposits or rubbish
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Jean-Paul Petit. Puits et fosses à offrandes en Gaule : l'exemple de Bliesbruck (Moselle). Histoire. Université Nancy 2, 1986. Français. ⟨NNT : 1986NAN21005⟩. ⟨tel-02318193⟩



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