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The foundation ritual’s jug of the monumental baths of Allon.

The jar of the foundational sacrifice of the Allon baths is the jar of the haruspex. Archaeologists found this jar, of great symbolic value, in the ditch where the foundations of the great high- imperial baths of the Roman municipium of Allon were laid. The jug contained the remains of a piglet and the skull of a small dog, undoubtedly sacrificed by an augur of the city to receive the omens for the construction of the new building. The animals sacrificed, according to the Roman tradition, must be white. This single-handled jug with a flat mouth (which archeologists usually call "olpe") is…



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