La France de l’Ouest (Bretagne, Pays de la Loire)

Abstract : Cult places and practices of Western Gaul are mentioned by some Classical writers (Diodorus, Strabo. ..). In this area, archaeological investigations have brought to light very few monumental shrines, but a great number of religious activities of various kinds. In another hand, among Gallo-Roman sanctuaries with earlier occupation levels, some reveal a continuity of the religious function between the Iron Age and Roman period. In funerary contexts, religious manifestations are represented by offerings or by architectural remains ; numerous standing stones, recorded in Western Gaul, can be considered as commemorative monuments, like anthropomorphic sculptures. The last ones are generally found in settlements where cult enclosures and ritual deposits are also attested. Lastly, coin offerings and objects deposits in watery contexts are other testimonies of these numerous cult and ritual practices in the Armorican Massif and its margins.
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Jean-Philippe Bouvet, Marie-Yvane Daire, Jean-Paul Le Bihan, Olivier Nillesse, Anne Villard-Le Tiec, et al.. La France de l’Ouest (Bretagne, Pays de la Loire). Gallia - Archéologie de la France antique, CNRS Éditions, 2003, Cultes et sanctuaires en France à l’âge du Fer, 60, pp.75-105. ⟨10.3406/galia.2003.3144⟩. ⟨hal-01778050⟩

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