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Zita Project in the Archaeology, Anthropology & Ethnography of Southern Tunisia

Location: Tunisia

August 4, 2014 to September 7, 2014

Session dates: 
Single session

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Deadline Type: 

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



UCLA, INP & the Institute for Field Research

Project Director:

Brett Kaufman, UCLA ; Hans Barnard, UCLA; Ali Drine, INP; and Rayed Khedher, UCLA

Project Description

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

Project size: 
1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: Full program

Minimum age: 
18 years old

Experience required: 
No previous experience is required

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.

All room and board costs are included in tuition (excluding weekend meals)

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
Connecticut College
Number of credits offered 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units)


Contact Information
Institute for Field Research
1855 Industrial St. #106
Los Angeles
424 226-6130
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