In the département of the Meuse (Lorraine), lovers of history and culture will be able to explore its Gallo-Roman city of "Nasium, town of the Leuques" from a variety of angles: museums, shows, virtual exhibitions...
The origins of the Nasium archaeological site
The Gallo-Roman town of Nasium was created at the end of the third century BC below the oppidum of Boviolles, by the confluence of the Ornain and the Barboure. At its largest, the agglomeration boasted a significant collection of monuments and was to cover an area of 120 hectares, making this Lorraine's major ancient town, along with Metz. In the 2nd century BC, the geographer Ptolemy dubbed Nasium "town of the Leuques".
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Rural walking tour around the fringes of the Ornain and the Barboure, the site of Nasium is one of the most important archaeological sites of the North-East of Gaul
, 75% of it still teeming with fossilised remains covering 200 hectares of the three present-day communes of Naix-aux-Forges, Saint-Amand-sur-Ornain and Boviolles.
Exploring the Nasium site
Historic reconstitution of the ancient town of Nasium
A major international historical-reconstruction event is organised each year on the site of the ancient town of Nasium, near the Oppidum de Boviolles. Over 200 walk-on actors from specialised troupes will illustrate Gaulish and Roman skills and prowess through demonstrations of crafts and trades, and military and battle manoeuvres.
Visit the Nasium website.
Entirely remodelled, the archaeology section includes collections mainly from Naix-aux-Forges (the former Nasium, an important Leuques city) and from Bar-le-Duc.
A virtual exhibition on the Nasium archaeological work carried out between the 16th century and the end of the 20th century. A CD-ROM was created for the commemoration of the double bicentenary of the city of Nasium (1604-2004) and published online on the website of the Conseil Général de la Meuse.
Nasium benefits from a research programme
A research programme on the oppidum and the agglomeration of Nasium has been running since 2004. Linked to a development project, this research was instigated by the Conseil Général de la Meuse with financial backing from the ministry of culture, and scientific collaboration from the CNRS (French national centre for scientific research), the university of Nancy 2 and the university of Dijon.
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