La Riobé

La Riobé

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La Riobé
10 rue des Chardonnerets
37170 Chambrays-les-Tours Chambrays-les-Tours

The archaeological and historical association of the Châteaubleau region, "la Riobé", was founded in 1953 by Jacques-Paul Burin, thus taking up the work of the inventor of the site, his grandfather, Victor Burin.

La Riobé, member of Union REMPART, is located in the commune of Châteaubleau, near Nangis (Seine-et-Marne). Its purpose is to preserve and publicize the archaeological heritage of the village and its surroundings.

The team of volunteers has already uncovered several built complexes occupied from the 1st to the 5th century, notably a water sanctuary, a religious complex comprising four fana, three residential and craft districts as well as a villa.

The current project is the release of a theater 80m in diameter as part of a porgrammed excavation under the aegis of the Regional Service of Archeology, in partnership with the University of Nanterre and carried out by volunteer sites .

The association participates in exhibitions and Heritage Days. Its actions carried out to preserve the remains discovered led to the classification in the Inventory of the historic Monuments of the theater and the inscription of the water sanctuary.

La Riobé's mission is to understand the origins, development and abandonment of this Gallo-Roman city located along Via Agrippa. The religious character strongly marked by the presence of two sanctuaries and a large religious enclosure comprising several temples, the presence in the third century of a counterfeiting workshop and the discovery of several inscriptions in the Gallic language make it a particularly site interesting for understanding the integration of Gallic civilization in Roman society.

The means of this study are of course the excavation but also the study of the material and furniture discovered and traces left in the landscape by the Gallo-Roman occupation. These thematic studies made it possible to begin to shed light on construction techniques, the manufacture of ceramics, the work of metal, bone and leather, as well as endemic and cultivated species at that time.

Significant work remains to be done in these areas as well as in understanding the cults practiced at Châteaubleau. This is the purpose of the works proposed by Riobé and the work carried out throughout the year by the members of the association.

Every summer, for a month, a site of programmed archaeological excavations focus on the Gallo-Roman vestiges of the agglomeration. This activity is open to any volunteer over 18 years old (16 years old with an exemption), whether or not with experience in archeology.

To make new generations aware of the interest and importance of the remains discovered, the Riobé has been organizing educational workshops for more than ten years for young people and their teachers. They will find in Châteaubleau a concretization of the concepts addressed in the school curriculum.

Classroom interventions are often carried out in order to better prepare for coming to the site. They give students, beyond knowledge of the Galllo-Roman era and the profession of archaeologist, a vision of research "on the move" and the contribution that everyone can build by participating in work sites and studies .

La Riobé participates in integration actions by hosting groups of young people in difficulty in order to make them aware of archeology. It is open to any proposal in this direction subject to the specific conditions of supervision required.

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