The site of Zita is an urban mound located in southern Tunisia and situated along an ancient trade route from Carthage to Tripoli. Identified by a Latin inscription as the Roman city of “Zita” (“Olive City” in Punic) it also contains a Carthaginian child sacrifice precinct (tophet). Our project is the first modern research expedition to be granted permission to work here. For the 2014 season, we will continue with mapping the ancient city and its coastal and agricultural hinterlands. We will also continue targeted excavation at the Roman forum and the Carthaginian sacrifice precinct to inform us on Zita’s cultural trajectories. Finaly, we will document the socioeconomic, political, religious, and ecological realities of the local populations from prehistory to the post-Arab Spring using archaeological and ethnographic methods.
Period(s) of Occupation: Broze, Iron and Roman Periods
Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program
Room and Board Arrangements
Field housing will be in a modern villa in Jarzis, about five miles from the site. The enclosed villa contains five two-bedroom apartments, entirely reserved for our field school. Two or three people will share a room. There is a garden, outdoor terraces, hot water, and air conditioning.
We will provide catered food, prepared by two in-house cooks. The food prepared will be traditional Tunisian cuisine, based largely on couscous, semolina, bread, vegetables (typically carrots and sweet potatoes), soups, fish, chicken, and goat. Although vegetarian or vegan options are available, it may be challenging at times to maintain these diets. Students with these diets should discuss ways to find accommodations with project directors. The tap water is fine for bathing, but is not potable and bottled water will be provided for drinking.
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