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The very special Oppidum of Ensérune
On request from my TE-friend Said (didi)(who took me to this place when we met this year) I present today not only the empty lake of Montady but in the foreground also some ruins of this very special place where people already in the bronze age was in full swing making their daily lifes. The ruins here are from the time of the Romans who from this fortified hilltop could control the traffic along Via Domitia (the motorway A6 follow the same route even today here close to Narbonne and Beziers).

The photo: HDR, 3 photos bracketed, Photomatix. PP: Paintshop pro - clarifyer, sharpness, light.

From the net
The Oppidum of Ensérune, not far from Béziers and Narbonne, is located on a hill which overlooked, in ancient times, a plain dotted with ponds. From the high point of the site, there is a beautiful panoramic view of the Montady pond which was dried up in the 13th century : a network of canals that converge towards a central drainage well give this area a remarkable topography. You can see some “dolia” embedded in the ramparts.
The oppidum of Ensérune constitutes one of the most important pre-Roman sites of Europe.
Occupied successively by the Etruscans, Iberians and finally the Romans, from the 6th century B.C. up until the 1st century A.D., this site was once a major fortified town of 10,000 inhabitants.
Inhabited from the 6th century B.C. till the first one of our era, the site was abandoned, in the first century A.D., for plains.
The historic site will be found out only in 1912, by Félix Moure. Hundreds of artefacts representing the three distinct building periods of the city, and discovered during archaeological excavations (between 1943 and 1965), are exhibited in the museum at the Oppidum.

Ref: http://www.educnet.education.fr/musagora/
voyages/provence-en/enserune-en.htm

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