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Gallo-Roman Era

The museum’s Gallo-Roman collections have been built up from archaeological excavations and accidental discoveries.

They are divided up and presented under three main themes: daily life, habitats and funeral rites.

Daily life is represented by a large collection of ceramics and glassware, most of which were made regionally or locally. One display case is devoted to decorated ceramics, notably terra sigillata, which is semi-luxury kitchenware made in workshops in central and eastern Gaul.

Urban Gallo-Roman habitats are represented in the museum by the “domus” Roman house of the “Cour d’Albane” courtyard. Rural habitats take the form of a villa, which would have been the heart of an agricultural estate.

Mosaics, such as those from Lillebonne or Brotonne exhibited in the museum, demonstrate the rich decor that embellished the most luxurious homes.

Numerous necropolises have been rediscovered during excavations, providing a significant collection of funerary furniture. These items show us that burial and cremation were both used by the Gallo-Romans.