Roman cemetery of the II-IV centuries AD was discovered during the construction of a highway in Tunisia
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Roman cemetery of the II-IV centuries AD was discovered during the construction of a highway in Tunisia

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03-25-2024
 
Source: Tunisian National Heritage Institute from the excavation site
An ancient Roman Empire cemetery was discovered in Tunisia near the city of Sfax during preparatory work on laying a highway between the settlements of Sidi Mansour and Tina. This was announced on Friday by the National Heritage Institute.

Construction was suspended, and for two and a half months – from January to March this year – scientists conducted archaeological excavations in the area. Over 30 graves were discovered, as well as the foundation of an ancient house, in which the floor mosaic in the form of a pattern of geometric shapes was preserved. The mosaic, as well as several tombstones with Latin inscriptions and paintings, were carefully dismantled for further study and restoration.

Located 270 km southeast of the capital Tunis on the coast of the Gulf of Gabes in the Mediterranean Sea, the port city of Sfax was founded in 849 on the ruins of ancient Taparura. It was a Berber, Punic and Roman city. Now Sfax is the second most populated city in the country and is secretly considered the "southern capital" of Tunisia.
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