Amphoralis, museum and archaeological site

31 July 2021  |  Architecture, Culture, Tourism

Amphoralis, the museum of pottery

The Sallèles antique pottery workshop dating back to the start of the High Romain Empire was a site where a huge volumes of clay pottery was produced.

Amphoralis archaeological site
Original excavated wood-burning pottery oven

Situated near the Canal du Midi not far from the village of Sallèles-d'Aude, excavations began in 1976 and the Amphoralis museum designed by Roland Castro and Jean-Pierre Gary opened its doors to the public in December 1992.

Visitors can discover displays of daily life and the activities of the potters who mass-produced many various ceramics, tiles, construction bricks and vases that were used to store and transport the regional wine to countries across Europe and beyond.

Hand made pottery vases used to store and transport regional wine
Hand-made pottery used to transport regional wine across Europe

Take a walk onto the outdoor footbridges which overhang the original archaeological excavations. Situated in the north-western side of the excavated site via a virtual reality screen can be seen houses belonging to the original craftsman and their families.

Amphoralis archaeological site
Gallo-Roman potters archaeological excavations

Take a stroll around the 6 hectare of grounds and view reconstructions of the original wood-burning ovens and habitations of the village, reconstructed from those found during the original excavations.

Museum address: Allée des Potiers, 11590 Sallèles-d'Aude.

Email: Website: Amphoralis Tel: 04 68 46 89 48

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