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The Mosaics of Orbe-Boscéaz

The Villa is the largest estate in Roman Switzerland. The villa had exceptional dimensions, 230 x 90, and was organized around five courtyards, the two main ones being surrounded by colonnades. In this part there were also heated baths. Several rooms were decorated with mosaics on the floor. The surrounding wall of the villa had … Read more » “The Mosaics of Orbe-Boscéaz”

Pile Dwellings in the Alps

About one thousand pile dwellings in six countries are known (Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Slovenia). A project by the UNESCO comprises a selection of 111 archaeological pile dwelling sites. The property is composed by the remains of prehistoric pile-dwelling settlements dating from 5 000 to 500 BC which are merely situated under water, … Read more » “Pile Dwellings in the Alps”

The Romanisation of Vaud

During two centuries of Roman peace, the pax romana, and domination, the area of the canton of Vaud was romanised. The Celtic population adopted the Roman way of life, the Latin language and customs. One of the most important contributions was urbanisation. The Celtic settlements, the oppida (oppidum in singular) developed into cities or new … Read more » “The Romanisation of Vaud”