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Kerkouane



Kerkouane
Introduction

1. Houses and streets

2. Private baths

3. Museum and the wooden coffin

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KERKOUANE
Punic ruins
Kerkouane, Tunisia

Kerkouane, Tunisia


Kerkouane, Tunisia


Kerkouane, a bit off the beaten track, has the best ruins after the ancient Carthaginian civilization, far better than Carthage itself.
Kerkouane was founded in the 6th century BCE, and was destroyed during the Roman revenge campaign against Carthage after the wars in 146 BCE. But Kerkouane faced much milder treatment, nor was it ever redone into a Roman town.
Considering its excellent location, next to the sea (top photo) right here on the tip of Africa, about as close as you can get to Europe, it is mystery why the Romans never used it to build their own town.
Kerkouane has surprised archaeologists by its almost complete lack of grand public buildings. The only exception is a sanctuary with some columns preserved (second photo). Still archaeologists work on the Kerkouane site, but the best parts should be discovered by now.
The economy of Kerkouane was the the manufacture of purple dye, one of the most valued colours and used in many European countries only by royals. Shellfish known as murex were caught along the coast and placed in pits in the ground (lowest photo) to rot.
Kerkouane has been classed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.




By Tore Kjeilen