The archaeological site of Jublains
|A Gallic sanctuary is at the origin of Jublains. The town of Noviodunum appears around the 1st century AD. City-state of the Diablintes, it dominates a territory which is extended on the major part from the department of “la Mayenne” to the south’s “Orne”. Around 65 AD, the town had grown on a rigorously geometric plan with a series of perpendicular roads. However, some areas stay undeveloped. Craftsmen’s town, Jublains is also a crossroads between the Channel and the Loire Valley.|
Open in 1995 near the fortress, this museum presents the Gallic era and the Antiquity of the whole department of la Mayenne.
The museum is offering different ways to discover the archaeological heritage:
• An introduction film places Jublains into its environment.
• A virtual tour may help the visitor to lead himself inside the very impressive virtual restored fortress
• A large model of the antique town is designed to be corrected as research necessitates.
This is a fortified building – maybe a warehouse – circled by earthen ramparts and then an outside wall, at the end of the 3rd century.
Inside there are also two private baths.
The public baths under the church
The baths show the Mediterranean’s influence on the life style in Gaul. Symbols of the Roman civilization, they constituted a place of hygiene, sport, therapeutics and also civil and cultural life. This monumental complex takes place under the church in the middle of the village of Jublains.
Dating from the 1st century AD, the theatre nearly circular is close to the Gaul’s ones. A notable, Orgetorix, gave it to the town. It was rebuilt during the 2nd century AD, larger and on a semi circular plan.
Succeeding to a Gallic sanctuary, the construction began in 66-68 AD to the beginning of the 2nd century. In this principal temple of the Diablintes’ town, is venerated a Gallic Mother-goddess.