Cahiers d'archéologie romande

Noviodunum I-II-III-IV-V

Recherches sur l'area publica de la Colonia Iulia Equestris (Nyon, canton de Vaud) - Noviodunum V

Caroline Brunetti and Christophe Henny

French, with summaries in German and Italian, Scientific monograph (236 p.), Cahiers d’archéologie romande, Lausanne, C.A.R. No.136, Noviodunum V, 2012.

The forum of the oldest colony on the territory of Switzerland, the Colonia Iulia Equestris (Nyon, Vaud) has undergone numerous intermittent and wide-ranging archaeological investigations since the discovery in 1974 of its two successive basilicas, enabling the identification of this sector of the old town as the political and religious centre of the Roman town. The book retraces the history of the research, sets out the stratigraphy of the public area of the forum, in particular the evolution of the basilica and its surrounds, establishes an accurate and reliable chronology based on the archaeological material from the several successive occupations in this part of the town and proposes an interpretive synthesis and directions for future research. It also establishes the development of the urban structure. A number of specialised studies round out the text: a new reading of the misnamed “Artemis” mosaic, located in the north gallery of the forum places emphasis on the rare or possibly unique nature of this find among the figured mosaics found north of the Alps; the book further includes a presentation of the wall paintings associated with the first basilica and a description of the architectural masonry discovered during the excavation of this sector of the public area of the forum.

This study should open the way to future research into other aspects of the site and monuments of the Colonia Iulia Equestris.

Reference: Brunetti Caroline and Christophe Henny (ed.), Recherches sur l’area publica de la Colonia Iulia Equestris (Nyon, canton de Vaud). Cahiers d’archéologie romande No.136, Noviodunum V, Lausanne 2013, 236 p.

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Die figürlichen Skulpturen von Colonia Iulia Equestris - Noviodunum IV

Martin Bossert

German, summaries in French and in English, Cahiers d’archéologie romande, N°92, Lausanne, scientific publication (142 p.), 2002.

Die vorliegende Arbeit über die figürliche Plastik von Nyon („CSIR Schweiz“, Bd. I, 4: Colonia Iulia Equestris) entstand zwischen Dezember 1997 und Mai 1999 innerhalb eines bis ins Jahr 2000 dauernden Projekts des Schweizerischen Nationalfonds zur Förderung der wissenschaftlichen Forschung. Dieses beinhaltete die Fertigstellung der schweizerischen CSIR (Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani)- Bände. Die hier aufgearbeiteten 39 erhaltenen und verlorenen Skulpturen vermitteln eine gute, wenn auch unvollständige Vorstellung vom pulsierenden Leben in der einst blühenden Koloniestadt Iulia Equestris. An einen ausführlichen Katalog schliesst eine Synthese an, in der auf Datierungsgrundlagen, Werkstattfragen, kunst-geschichtliche Einordnung, Aufstellungsfragen und mögliche Auftraggeber eingegangen wird.

English summary: The corpus of 39 items is being analysed and studied exhaustively. Many of the pieces, in marble or local limestone, are of a very high artistic standard. Several of the marble pieces were imported from Italian workshops. Local production, which often took its inspiration from Mediterranean models, testifies to very considerable expertise. Petrographic analyses by the Natural History Museum of Geneva complete the study. The corpus contains examples of the architectural ornamentation of the forum, ornamental statuary (private gardens or official environments), and haut-reliefs from unidentified religious or funerary monuments.

Price: 50.-

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L'area sacra du forum de Nyon et ses abords, fouilles 1988-1999 - Noviodunum III

Frédéric Rossi et al.

French, Cahiers d'archéologie romande, N°66, Lausanne, Scientific monograph (192 p.), 1995.

This third work in the Noviodunum series sets out the results of three years of excavations in the streets of Nyon during repair and drainage work. Although excavation activities were intermittent and inevitably limited, they resulted in the particular discovery of a macellum and baths, thus completing the picture of the urban landscape of the ancient town.

Price: 60.-


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Un quartier romain de Nyon: de l'époque augustéenne au IIIe siècle - Noviodunum II

Jacques Morel and Silvio Amstad

French, Cahiers d'archéologie romande, N°49, Lausanne, Scientific monograph (147 p.), 1990.

This work, the fruit of a close and indispensable collaboration between the on-site archaeologist, responsible for analysing and interpreting the structures, and the ceramics specialist, in charge of extracting from the tens of thousands of pottery fragments excavated the chronological, economic, technological and historical information required to illustrate the lives of people of former times, gives a detailed account of the results of this research.

Price: 60.-

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La ville romaine de Nyon - Noviodunum I

Pascale Bonnard

French, Cahiers d'archéologie romande, n°44, Lausanne, Scientific monograph (94 p.), 1988.

Pascale Bonnard’s work gives a complete overview of archaeological discoveries up to 1988 and an exhaustive list of publications. It provides a truly excellent access to the sources and documentation and represents an overall view – austere perhaps, but irreplaceable – and an essential working tool for enthusiasts of the past and specialised researchers.

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