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Title: Carthage Bir Massouda
Subtitle: Preliminary report on the fist bilateral excavations of Ghent University and the Institut National du Patrimoine (2002-2003)
Author(s): DOCTER, Roald F. , CHELBI, Fethi , TELMINI, Boutheina M.
Volume: 78 Date: 2003
Rescue excavations on the Bir Massouda site have given important evidence for the urban development of Punic Carthage. The position of a city boundary in the form of ‘casemate’-walls was established. Outside this boundary, an 8th century BC cremation necropolis (the earliest of Carthage) was succeeded by metal working quarters after the mid-7th century BC. In the late 5th century BC, this part of the city was reshaped into residential quarters. A selection of finds of the Punic period both show the range of materials yielded by these excavations and proof the advanced technological skills of the Carthaginian iron workers.