The archaeological site of Argentomagus, Museum, and Roman Garden

The site of Argentomagus

A very unusual journey, since it is a journey in time!
Indeed, not far from Argenton sur Creuse, you are in front of a gallo-roman city of about 70 hectares, located at the crossroads of eight star-shaped roads, one of which came from Bordeaux and Poitiers and led to Clermont-Ferrand, and the other one came from Limoges to go to Bourges and Autun.
You are in Argentomagus.
The rural activities that its environment allowed, the exploitation of the forests, as well as that of stone, clay and iron ore quarries, ensured its development and prosperity.

An important metallurgical activity even made it, at the beginning of the fourth century, one of the nine factories of weapons of all kinds officially listed in Gaul.
This city includes a monumental center, with a forum, and is equipped with temples, theater, amphitheater, large fountain, aqueduct, etc.


The archaeological museum

Another journey through time, but much more extensive, since you will travel about 1 million years! You will navigate from prehistoric times to the end of the Roman era...
It is the result of a rare desire in this field, to present archaeology in a clear, understandable and comprehensible way, and to make it accessible to all.
Life-size reconstructions, films, audiovisual animations and models enrich and enlighten the visit of a non-specialist public. The visit itself guides you naturally, on 2400 m², from level to level.
You will thus easily appropriate prehistory, Gallo-Roman sculpture, ceramics, glassware, coins, metal objects, and everyday objects that will allow you to enter into the intimacy of those who lived at that time.
In 2020, the museum celebrated its thirtieth anniversary by creating an application for smartphones and tablets that allows you to participate in daily life in the second century, in the town itself, reconstituted, and where you can walk around!


The garden

It is still a journey that is proposed to you, a journey among the smells and flavors of the 150 cultivated species that you can find there.
All these plants, known to the Romans, are divided into large groups: aromatic and condiment plants, ornamental plants, medicinal plants, and plants involved in the world of fabric and basketry.
We know, today, that these plants were known to the Romans thanks, among other things, to the work of some of their writers like, for example, Pliny the Elder, with his "natural history" in forty volumes!



Archaeological museum of Argentomagus
Les Mersans
36200 Saint-Marcel
Tel : 02 54 24 47 31




To go further....

Argentomagus, la ville se dévoile: 25 années de recherches archéologiques

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La nécropole gallo-romaine du "Champ de l'image" à Argentomagus

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Argentomagus: Oppidum gaulois, agglomération gallo-romaine et musée

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