A sacred Celtic complex was found at the top of the Alps

The staff of the French Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (Inrap) has discovered an ancient sanctuary from the Roman period in the “heart” of the Upper Alps. An article about the discovery, which was made near the small village of Bati Montsaleon, appeared on the official website of Inrap.

Excavations at the top of the French Alps began in 2010 – then the scientists have discovered the fence of the Roman period, and the ruins of Celtic temples. In the spring of 2021 the study has continued – now in the vicinity of the town of Bati Montsaleon launched a major excavation. Scientists have found that the cult complex, which was located here in Roman times, was larger than thought.

“People used the site from the first century B.C. to the fifth century A.D. We were able to find evidence of the religious purpose of the site – we are talking about a fairly large sacred area, which was called temenos. On it were located the temples – fan”, – say the French archaeologists.

During the study many artifacts and ruins of the premises, where the temple servants lived, were discovered. Researchers found oil lamps, bronze mirrors, small coins, among other items scattered throughout the complex. In addition, a ritual pit with sacrificial oil lamps was discovered, as well as burials with human remains.