This image presents a view of how the property might have looked.
At Caumont ; the terrace of the left bank of the river Rhone slopes gently down towards the Durance valley where it is replaced by molasse outcrops (burdigalain) forming two small plateau.
Saint Symphorien Chapel was built on the first plateau. The second (called “Le Clos-de-Serre”) joins the river via a series of terraces which are home to the remains of a rich villa and its garden from the Augustan period.
It was on the top terrace that the walls dating from the Roman period were discovered and explored in the middle of the 19th century. At the same time a variety of material was collected, including, in particular, a very beautiful, headless white marble statue of Godness, a copy of a Greek model.
A number if digs, unfortunately only partial, were undertaken at the site. They revealed the existence of a very large villa, covering an area of approximately 2.500 m2, which was occupied between the 1st century B.C. and the 6th century A.D.
Numerous fragments of marble, painted rendering, shards of mosaic and, above all, the decorative tiles, known as Campania tiles, indicate a luxurious décor imported directly from Rome.
To date, the site at Caumont-sur-Durance is the only one in all of Gaul which presents this type of décor.
A number of clues indicate that this is a rural home, used purely as a residence, luxurious enough to accommodate a high-ranking magistrate. The position and landscaping of this villa is no accident : everything indicates a monumental presentation of the estate facing the nearby Via Domitia.