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Recent excavations carried out between 2011-2016 in the ancient and medieval town of Soyons (Ardèche), located in the middle Rhône valley, in the territory of the roman colony of Valence, provide us new data on the occupation of the hilltop of Le Malpas. The study of the fortification of the Iron age has revealed the existence of a rampart built during the 3rd century AD. At this time, the lower city, under the actual village, is gradually abandoned. After a probable hiatus during the 4th century AD, the hilltop and the lower city grow again during the 5th and the 6th century AD. The late antique artefacts discovered in all the trenches dug on the Malpas let us assume a very dense occupation. These data give us a first glimpse of the economic activities and the social life of the inhabitants. Fragments of Gaza’s amphoras and the diversity of the small finds indicate a comfortable background for a part of the population. The seventeen epitaphs, discovered in the hilltopp and the lower city, dated from the merovingian period, confirm the presence of a local elite during the 6th and the 7th century AD.

L’habitat perché du Malpas à Soyons (Ardèche) durant l’Antiquité tardive : état des données

Amaury Gilles
Michel Feugère
Michaël Seigle
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Recent excavations carried out between 2011-2016 in the ancient and medieval town of Soyons (Ardèche), located in the middle Rhône valley, in the territory of the roman colony of Valence, provide us new data on the occupation of the hilltop of Le Malpas.The study of the fortification of the Iron age has revealed the existence of a rampart built during the 3rd century AD. At this time, the lower city, under the actual village, is gradually abandoned. After a probable hiatus during the 4th century AD, the hilltop and the lower city grew again during the 5th and the 6th century AD. The late antique artefacts discovered in all the trenches dug on the Malpas let us assume a very dense occupation. These data give us a first glimpse of the economic activities and the social life of the inhabitants. Fragments of Gaza’s amphoras and the diversity of the small finds indicate a comfortable background for a part of the population. The seventeen epitaphs, discovered in the hilltop and the lower city, dated from the merovingian period, confirm the presence of a local elite during the 6 th and the 7th century AD.
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Amaury Gilles, Pierre Dutreuil, Pierre Charrey, Stéphane Carrara, Aline Colombier-Gougouzian, et al.. L’habitat perché du Malpas à Soyons (Ardèche) durant l’Antiquité tardive : état des données. Perchement et Réalités fortifiées en Méditerranée et en Europe Vème - Xème siècles. Actes du Congrès International d'histoire et d'Archéologie, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, nov. 2019., Archaeopress, pp.132-143, 2023, Archaeologies, histories, islands and borders in the Mediterranean 11, 978-1-80327-241-2. ⟨halshs-03985864⟩
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