Montans in the Tarn!!

And ok as usual, the most emblematic towns personally speaking are the ones with the least photos, an old habit that is hard to get rid of. Anyway, even if mentioned briefly in previous posts I need to tell you about this town in a post dedicated to it, the minimum hommage.

I like to tell you a bit more about a sentimental spot in my belle France. This is Montans just outside Gaillac in the Tarn dept 81 of the region of Occitanie in my belle France.

The town of Montans is a very small village; this is where the family had uncles and cousins still there ; my wife grew up going to the local wine cooperative nearby in Técou. Nestled in the heart of a thousand-year-old vineyard, 4 km from Gaillac, the village of Montans is known for its production of Gallic and then Roman pottery, attested by numerous archaeological remains unearthed since the 19C. The Archéosite, an exhibition space depending on the community of Tarn and Dadou, offers a journey back in time to discover the daily life of Gallo-Roman potters with archaeological objects and life-size reconstructions.  The town is cross by the Tarn river and many smaller tributaries You can get here on the autoroute or expressway A68 (autoroute de pastels) exit or sortie 9 or the better the N88 road. Of course, I come from Gaillac on the D87.

Montans

visiting cousins Montans

A bit of history well here you go way back to the Gaulois , and one of the most important sites of pottery under the Roman occupation. This is old and small Montans.

The place called Le Rougé was occupied in the first Iron Age , then in the Second Iron Age. This last epoch has left common ceramics of Gallic tradition like cups and bowls ,and some vestiges of Campanian pottery. In 1982, prevention and rescue excavations in the district of Labouygue unearthed seven rudimentary potters’ ovens from Tène III, with full hearth and open hearth. The Tibetan era (years 14-37) produced sigillata pottery and numerous vestiges of wine amphorae of the Pascual 1 type signed Tarani, more stocky than the Catalan or Languedoc amphoraes. Dating from the very beginning of the 1C, these amphorae accompany the beginnings of the Gaillac vineyard. With the Roman occupation, the site became in the 1C a major production center for pottery sigillata from southern Gaul. There are many Montans potteries throughout the West of France, up to Spain, in Brittany, as well as in Great Britain. They also make other ceramic productions in Montans: antefixes, oil lamps, statuettes etc The first vestiges of potters’ workshops in Montans are only mentioned in 1868.

The main and most important must visit here is the Archéosite opened in 1995. showcasing the pre history to the middle ages ; there is a street in the gallo roman style as well as a house of ceramic makers from parts found in Montans probably coming from the pottery enclave here in the 1C. Every year you have something going on here with events, expo, demonstrations shops, expositions etc to showcase this museum.  Worth the detour me think. The Archéosite in French is here: Official Archéosite of Montans

montans

Some further webpages about Montans and the Archéosite are here to help you plan your trip,again worth the detour me think.

The city of Montans on the Archéosite in French: City of Montans on the Archéosite

Tourist office of the Tarn dept 81 on the Archeosite of Montans in English: Tourist office Tarn 81 on the archeosite

Tourist office of Bastides and Vineyards local info on Montans and the Archéosite in English here: Tourist office of Bastides and Vineyards on Montans and Archeosite

Now you are all set with official information and just need to be there, great area wonderful architecture, history ,wines ,food the works this is the Tarn, Occitanie at Montans and we have it in our heart. Hope you enjoy it

And remember, happy travels , good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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