Rolampont - Faverolles

The archaeological museum of Faverolles

At the end of the 1970’s, the Roman roads were being explored in the communal forest of Faverolles, about 15 km from the city of Langres and the relics of a great Gallo-Roman mausoleum were discovered.

The area has been exploited as a quarry for stones since the Middle Ages. From 1981 to 1989, a group of volunteers discovered thousands of stone fragments which enabled the reconstruction of the mausoleum. All this is now displayed in the archaeological workshop-museum of Faverolles, also used as a work place for archeologists studying this site.

During the Gallo-Roman times, there were two types of funeral rituals: incineration and burial. The headstone of the grave was reflecting the social status of the deceased: from the very simple to the very refined.

The monument was erected on a hill dominating the North-East plain of Faverolles. It was built next to the Roman road leading to Langres and it is in the North-North-West direction following the plateau between the valleys of Marne and Suize.

The mausoleum is in the centre of a vast square made of a ditch and inner embankment. The only remains are the base of the interior structure. Shaped as a 25m high tower, it superimposes 3 Corinthian order levels, with a roof. This sumptuous tomb is decorated in abundant funeral themes. Faverolles’ mausoleum, which you will discover, is an exceptional monument for its size, conception and decoration.

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Musee archéologique

Continue your walk towards the village church.

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