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Gallo - Roman Area

Photos 10301057.JPGThe collections exhibited within the Gallo-Roman Area are originally from the burg of Pommeroeul (Hainaut), an archaeological site going back to the 2nd century of our era and discovered in 1975 during the penetration works of the Hensies-Pommeroeul canal. The results of the regional excavations and archaeological prospecting complete the whole. The key pieces of the exhibition are two boats: a monoxyl (carved from a single piece of wood) type canoe and a barge of Celtic tradition, the only remaining samples of Gallo-Roman vessels restored to this day in Belgium. Throughout the museum, audio-visual techniques enliven the tour. Sometimes the visitor is immersed into a sonorous universe, other times video screens offer more detailed information on the topics presented. The excavations, vessels, momentum ... can be set into real life situations with the support of several replicas. Frescos create a certain atmosphere. Active participation in the visit is encouraged by markers and interactive games. The Gallo-Roman Area is located in the building of the former Art Academy of Ath. Designed by the architect Alexandre Decraene who studied at the Academy from 1835-1840, only the Neo-classic façade of this building has been preserved. At the back, the bulk was completely reconsidered and stretched out to the site of the former river.
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