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The remains were discovered in the center of Nîmes during a preventive excavation project carried out in recent months.
The ruins of the two ancient houses, which have remarkable decorations, were discovered in the center of Nîmes during a preventive excavation project carried out from September to February, announced Monday the National Institute of preventive archaeological research ().
The archaeologists, who worked until February 12 on the perimeter of the site of a private real estate developer, unearthed these two "domus" of the 1st century in the district of the forum of Nemausus, the name of the ancient city de Nîmes, near its temple, known today as the "Maison Carrée", said Inrap in a press release sent to AFP.
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An almost complete reception room
The plan of these two residences goes beyond the perimeter of the site, as is often the case for preventive excavations. However, in one of the two buildings, almost all of a reception room has been uncovered and painted plaster that adorned the walls was discovered collapsed on the ground. "On their painted face, these plasters have a classic decoration with large red panels and black inter-panels welcoming refined candelabras", underlines Inrap, speaking of a type of composition corresponding "to a fashion very present in Roman Gaul in the 1st century of our era ".
The concrete floor associated with these plasters has a geometric honeycomb decoration made of black tesserae. In the main axis of the uncovered room, this pavement includes a carpet in "opus sectile" - a coating of marble slabs of various colors and origins forming a checkerboard pattern.
"The choice of marble to enrich the decor encourages this domus to be attributed to a notable of the ancient city of Nîmes", say the archaeologists, who also note a certain level of luxury in other remains, in particular rooms with underfloor heating systems or ornamental ponds in interior gardens.
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