Introduction

Visitors to the village of Acy-Romance north of Rheims will see no sign of the Gallic village that was once there. However, very unusually, this village has been fully excavated. A succession of digs over fifteen years, plot by plot, has revealed the full details of the little Gallic settlement that stood here some 2200 years ago, in the heart of the territory of the Remi tribe.

Items discovered on the site during its excavation have shown us the way of life and standard of living of the people who lived there, episodes from daily life and their carefully structured and highly sophisticated funerary practices. The complex burials of young men near the main temple suggest the possibility of human sacrifice.