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"Mons Seleucus Friends" association was
created in Autumn 2000 to support the
archaeological mission implemented by the
council, in order to show the deciding
people that Mons Seleucus was still alive, and
to be present when all the decisions
concerning the site would be taken.
Festivals, travels, meetings and conferences
are the major activities of the association.
It organises events lasting several days (as
the 2004 comemoration of the bicentenary of
Préfet Ladoucette's 1804 excavations, or Gods'
Carnival in 2009).
For several years the association has
organised cultural one-day trips on sites and
- Quinson museum of Prehistory
- Vaison la romaine Gallo-roman site and
- St Romain en gal Gallo-roman site and museum
- Arles museum of Antiquity, exhibiting
'Caesar, the Rhône as memory, 20 years of
digging in the river in Arles'.
- Explanatory commentary of the article
published in La Narbonaise, "La Bâtie
Montsaléon, Mons Seleucus, a Gallo-roman vicus
and a sanctuary in the Haut
Buëch, Hautes Alpes", by Maxence SEGARD.
- Setting Mons seleucus in the general
- Reading of the painting "Adoration of the
Shepherds" (Guillaume de Grèves) by Chantal
Duqueroux in La Batie church.
- "Roman ways" by Yves Chevallier and Jean
- Landscape interpretation of La Bâtie
Montsaléon and its site by Gabriel Carnevalé
from Maison Usher.
- Reading of ancient frescoes by Chantal
Participating in 'Hannibal's journey' ('Le
by ' Pile ou Versa'.
Celebrating the bicentenary of the
excavations undertaken by Prefect
- Gallo-roman meal and musical atmosphere.
- Riddle games on the strong points of the
Buëch countries, the first prize being a
journey to Pompeï.
- Artistic exhibition with prizes, on the
theme of Antiquity, held in different
cellars or sheds lent by the Mons Seleucians
and designed to anyone willing to present
their work (drawing, painting, sculpture,
- Excavation workshop in sandboxes.
- Artistic workshop aiming at a collective
creation supervised by professionals.
- Outdoor projection of documentaries on
- Participating in 'Children's
Spring ' (
du livre jeunesse') in Veynes. This annual
event around books which has been held
for 15 years, was about Antiquity in 2008.
The association presented large photos of
objects discovered on the site,
illustrations from the book, a Gallo-roman
cooking workshop, and tales for nursery and
- Presenting the book 'When the Buëch was
Roman' ('Quand le Buëch était romain') by
Anne-Marie Rosique, Annick Vargoz and Pike,
in August 2008. (children's games, tales,
mask workshops, musical bar and Mons
Gods' Carnival' (Le Carnaval des Dieux)
During one week, culture mixed with
festivity thanks to ' Pile
ou Versa, a theatre
company. With their marquee standing at
the core of the village, they offerered
different activities such as theatre
workshops, mask games, musical
instrument making, creation of metal
monsters and costumes, a daily
production of tv commercials, singing
"aperos" and evening shows (tales,
concerts, theatre, circus...).
Not to forget conferences, workshops,
stalls and a forum.
...and on Saturday, an extraordinary
carnival, a circus show,
some music and a flamboyant final.
- in 2004, a booklet on Mons Seleucus
was written and freely distributed by the
- for the 2004 event, at the request of many
participants, the association pondered on
finding the means to put at everybody's
disposal, the specific knowledge
concerning Mons Seleucus site. A book was
published in 2006 by Mons Seleucus
Friends, displaying writings, photos of the
uncovered artifacts, and Mons Seleucus in its
own time, together with a fiction allowing to
link history and legend.
Today, in 2011, the association has decided to
create a website so that knowledge about the
historical site can be shared by the largest
number of people.
- Following the publication of our book,
Olivier Dalmon, who was responsible for the
artwork, and the page layout with Anne
Stumpfel, had the idea, in Autumn 2007, of
reshaping the story of the two childre, which
formed what we called 'the red thread'.
Through his company "Impressions du Buëch", he
thus edited a new book for children,
"When the Buëch was Roman", illustrated by
Pike, a professional illustrator working in
Le Carnaval des dieux/ blog