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Arriver à bon port : les canaux en contexte portuaire à l’époque romaine

Abstract : The choice of a port location is a strategic option and meets specific criteria. In addition to being a naturally favourable structural setting protected from the currents and strong winds, ports are sometimes associated with a channel which contributes to the optimisation of navigation and is an integral part of the port space. These waterways also play a major role in protecting shorelines and local residents, thus limiting fluvial risk by improving environmental control. The matter of artificial accesses to the port is a fundamental issue since the canal plays a role in its functioning as well as sometimes also in its decline. The diversity of forms and uses of these access channels will be analysed based on several examples from France. Although these waterways fulfilled similar purposes, their technical implementations show a great variety, which so far have rarely been the object of archaeological studies.
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Pauline Peter. Arriver à bon port : les canaux en contexte portuaire à l’époque romaine. Gallia - Archéologie des Gaules, CNRS Éditions, 2020, Les ports romains dans les Trois Gaules. Entre Atlantique et eaux intérieures, 77 (1), pp.45-51. ⟨10.4000/gallia.5669⟩. ⟨hal-03172846⟩



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