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Carthage



Carthage
Introduction

1. Punic port

2. Tophet with child sacrifice

3. Antonine baths

4. Punic remains on Byrsa Hill

5. The museum

6. Building with columns

7. Theatre

8. Archaeological garden

9. Cathedral on Byrsa Hill

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CARTHAGE
Punic remains on Byrsa Hill
Carthage, Tunisia

Small pieces of Punic columns. You would just about make out two circles on the one furthest to the left. In front, are some Roman pieces.


Carthage, Tunisia

Great balls of fire? Well, yes. These stone balls were covered in burning material, set on fire, before being launched at enemies at war.

Carthage, Tunisia

Roman statue.


The centre of the Punic Carthage was at the present Byrsa Hill, a hilltop from where there are great views of what today is known as Gulf of Tunis. Although the Romans claimed that their destruction of the Punic city was complete, modern excavations has in fact been able to dig down to genuine Carthaginian quarters. It is not much, but still the more fascinating to see (lower photo).
Each of the Punic houses had their own cisterns and could rise up to 5 storeys of height.
The reason why this little quarter survived until modern times, was that the when the Romans decided to rebuilt Carthage 100 years after its destruction they leveled the top of the Byrsa Hill, and what wasn't destroyed then was saved beneath the rubble.
In addition to these small quarters, the southern platforms contain a large number of fragments of columns, some Punic and some Roman.
Carthage, Tunisia

The very, very best preserved part of Punic Carthage.





By Tore Kjeilen