Villa Roullée (Sarthe)

Archaeological site

The site of “Roullée” could be one of the many sites found near or on metal production centers, some of which show the presence of sophisticated architecture.

Project leader : Florian Sarreste

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Institutional Partners

 ANR - Celtecophys AOROC - UMR8546-CNRS/ENS EVEHA

Surveys and test pits have identified more than 20 different constructions, some of which were built as early as the middle of the 1st century A.D. They belong to a large agricultural holding consisting of a luxurious residence and numerous annexes linked to production (barns, forge, mill, etc.).

This villa reached its peak at the end of the 2nd century. It then occupied more than 3 hectares. The mode of occupation changed from the end of the 3rd century: only the agricultural buildings were then inhabited. The previous residence was abandoned and then destroyed.

Florian Sarreste, "Mont-Saint-Jean -Roullée" [archaeological note], ADLFI. Archéologie de la France -Informations, Pays de la Loire, online 20 September 2020: