The Oppidum d'Ensérune is an ancient hill-town (or oppidum) near the village of Nissan-lez-Ensérune. The settlement was occupied without interruption between the 6th century BC and 1st century AD, its location being chosen presumably because it was a hill with good views over the coastal plain, being close to the Roman road Via Domitia, the Montady lake, and fertile agricultural land below.

There is a museum on the site which offers a display of some of the finds on the site, as well as giving more information about the fort and the field system.

Below the Oppidum was the swamp of Montady, which is now wedge shaped fields separated by irrigation ditches that converge in the centre. In the 13th century, the swamp was drained; the ditches allowed water to flow to the centre of the circular depression, from which it was conveyed through underground pipes several kilometres to the south. The drainage is still functional and remains in use.

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Founded: 6th century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in France
Historical period: Arrival of Celts (France)

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Ian Woolley (15 months ago)
An unexpected and charming site in a beautiful location.
Ian Woolley (15 months ago)
An unexpected and charming site in a beautiful location.
Ian Stone (2 years ago)
The view from this mountain was simply amazing well worth visiting especially as it is just up the road from the Malpas Tunnel
Ian Stone (2 years ago)
The view from this mountain was simply amazing well worth visiting especially as it is just up the road from the Malpas Tunnel
decom dolum (2 years ago)
Nice place, beautiful view. Sadly, because we arrived 40 minutes before closing time, they wouldn't let us in, seemingly wanting to go on break as early as possible. Thats a no go for me.
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