Montans archaeosite

Archaeology in the present
The Montans site, positioned on a spur overlooking the Tarn, has been occupied since prehistoric times, first episodically, then continuously around 800 BC. During the Iron Age (750-50 BC), it became part of the territory of the Rutènes, a powerful Gallic people who controlled a vast area now corresponding to the departments of Aveyron and Tarn.

In Gallo-Roman times, Montans continued to benefit from its strategic location and became one of the main centers for the production of sigillated ceramics in the Roman Empire. This high-quality ceramic with its characteristic red color is industrially produced and exported mainly along the Atlantic seaboard, from the UK to northern Spain.

Open the doors of the museum and meet the Gallo-Roman potters, through archaeological objects and life-size reconstructions. You’ll discover how these ancient techniques formed a highly lucrative trade, as illustrated in the treasure room by the monetary deposit of 40 gold coins, while the wine amphorae, both Italian and Gallic, will take you back to the origins of the history of wine in Gaul.


Nestled in the heart of the thousand-year-old Gaillac vineyards, in the heart of the Tarn department, the Montans Archeosite offers an incredible journey back in time.
Situated 5 km from Gaillac, overlooking the river, the village of Montans is well known for its intensive production of ceramics during the Gallic and Roman periods.

Archaeological objects on display :

  • Caption photo 1 serpette: Iron serpette from the 2nd century A.D. discovered at Montans. Photo J.F. Peiré / DRAC Occitanie.
  • Caption photo 2 amphora: Neck of an early 1st century A.D. wine amphora made in the Tarani workshop in Montans.
    Collection Archéosite de Montans. Photo J.F. Peiré / DRAC Occitanie.
  • Caption photo 3 sigillata: Ceramic sigillata produced in Montans in the 1st century AD. Collection Archéosite de Montans.
    Photo J.F. Peiré / DRAC Occitanie.

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