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Beziers in Hérault Départment, Languedoc-Roussillon, France — Southeast Coast (Mediterranean Sea)
 

Ici Naquit Beziers

VII Siècle Avant J.C.

 

—Beziers decouvre son acte de naissance. —

 
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 20, 2012
1. Ici Naquit Beziers Marker
Inscription. Durant plusieurs siècles, les alluvions abandonnées par l’Orb dans ses débordements avaient pu laire oublier que site commandait le gué qu’utiliserent les population migrantes et les troupes en armes carthaginoises ou romaines. En 1856, les archéologues de XIX eme siècle mettant a profit l’ouverture du chantier du pont-canal, pouvaient alors estimer la datation du premier habitat organisé qui allait donner naissance à Beziers, il y a 27 siècles. Ils venaient de mettre à jour le squelette d’un guerrier tenant dans chaque main une hache de type “celuque” (VII eme siècle avant J.C.). Mais ce premier habitat ne pourra fixer définitivement sur cette berge la future agglomération biterroise. Car il faudra se préoccuper de mettre les populations à l’abri du fleuve, au régime torrentiel et des tribus ou des troupes armées franchissant le cours d’eau. Alors, portant plus haut leur regard, vers la colline toute proche, les nouveaux habitants edifieront un “oppidum”, face à celui d’Ensérune. Et parce que sa situation privilégiée lui permettra de surveiller le passage du fleuve, tout en observant la basse plaine de l’Orb, l’oppidum cehibérien “Baeterra” affirmera sa prédominance sur ce vaste territoire qui s’étend du fleuve Aude jusqu’à l’Etang de Thau, et des Monts du Caroux jusqu’à la Mediterranée. Les premieres
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By Barry Swackhamer, September 20, 2012
2. Ici Naquit Beziers Marker
Canal du Midi canal-bridge over the Orb River in the background.
habitations du gué feront alors fonction d’ d’ avant-port de Béziers, mettant la ville en communication fluviale avec la Méditerranée. Orb, Canal du Midi et Méditerranée se sont ici rencontrés : voilà une trilogie qui a valeur de symbole pour les Biterrois

[Translated by Google Translat with liberal modifications:
Here Beziers Was Born Seven centuries before Christ Beziers discovers his birth. For several centuries, the alluvium deposited by the Orb [River] [covered] the site that commanded ford site utilized by the migrant population and the armed troops of Carthaginian and Roman. In 1856, XIXth century archaeologists, profiting from the start of construction of the canal bridge, could then estimate the dating of the first organized settlement that would give birth to Beziers, 27 centuries ago. They [uncovered] the skeleton of a warrior holding in each hand a "celuque" type ax (VIIth century BC). But this first habitat will permanently fix this bank's future urban Béziers. Because it will worry about putting people away from the river, and the torrential tribes armed troops crossing the river. So, with their highest regard towards the nearby hill, new people will build a "oppidum" facing the Ensérune. And because its location allows them to monitor the passage of the river, while observing the low plain of the Orb, the oppidum cehibérien "Baeterra" assert its dominance over this vast territory extending from the river Aude up Etang de Thau, and Caroux Mountains to the Mediterranean. The earliest houses ford will then function as a Béziers outport, putting the city in communication with the Mediterranean. Orb, Canal du Midi and the Mediterranean have met here: this is a trilogy that has symbolic value for Biterrois
 
Location. 43° 20.119′ N, 3° 12.805′ E. Marker is in Beziers, Languedoc-Roussillon, in Hérault Départment. Marker is on Quai Commandant Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Touch for map. This marker is located in a park on the north side, of the east end of the Canal du Midi canal-bridge crossing over the Orb River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2 Quai Commandant Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Beziers, Languedoc-Roussillon 34500, France.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. [Gare du Beziers] (approx. half a kilometer away); Pierre Paul Riquet (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Hôtel de Ville (approx. 0.8 kilometers away); Pepezuc (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); La Chapelle des Recollets (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Les Halles (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Béziers Se Souvient (approx. one kilometer away); Beziers Citizens Murdered (approx. one kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beziers.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 378 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 14, 2012, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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