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Les pilae du port romain de Fossae Marianae (Fos-sur-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône). Un cas particulier

Abstract : Structure B, some 100 metres in length, was discovered in 2014 and currently emerges from the seabed at a depth of 3 to 4 metres in the centre of the Anse Saint-Gervais at Fos-sur-Mer. It is part of an ensemble of constructions belonging to the major Roman port complex of Fossae Marianae situated on the eastern edge of the Rhone Delta and which, as the forward seaport of Arles, represented one of the main entrances to the north-west provinces of the Empire via the Rhone throughout the entire Imperial Period. The morphology of Structure B – a succession of 12 piles – and its position – its southern extremity reaching into the only zone that we know with certainty was under water in antiquity – mean that it can be associated with a type of Roman port structure referred to by the term pilae. Nevertheless, it is different from the majority of them because of its construction method involving blocks of cut stone and not opus caementicium.
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Souen Fontaine, El Amouri, Laurent Borel, Frédéric Marty. Les pilae du port romain de Fossae Marianae (Fos-sur-Mer, Bouches-du-Rhône). Un cas particulier. Marie-Brigitte Carre; Pierre Excoffon. Les ports dans l'espace méditerranéen antique : Fréjus et les ports maritimes, Presses Universitaires de Provence, pp.229‒244, 2021, Bibliothèque d’archéologie méditerranéenne et africaine, 979-10-320-0348-0. ⟨hal-03463533⟩



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