Underwater archaeological sites discovered near Tunis

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A team from the Tunisian National Heritage Institute (INP) has discovered a series of underwater archaeological sites of great historical value in the sea stretching along the outskirts of Tunis. The sites are characterised by the presence of various types of artefacts dating to different historical periods, from prehistoric times to the modern era.

Underwater archaeological sites discovered near Tunis

Underwater archaeological sites discovered near Tunis
Credit: Institut National du Patrimoine (INP)



INP said the discoveries are the result of underwater archaeological research that was undertaken as part of a study for a project to protect the region’s coastline from marine erosion.

Underwater archaeological sites discovered near Tunis

Underwater archaeological sites discovered near Tunis
Credit: Institut National du Patrimoine (INP)




The project is supported by the Saudi Development Fund and entrusted to the Agency for Coastal Protection and Development (APAL), which has committed to covering the costs of the work on this unprecedented archaeological discovery, using the consulting firm Maritec.

Underwater archaeological sites discovered near Tunis

Underwater archaeological sites discovered near Tunis
Credit: Institut National du Patrimoine (INP)

The underwater research work will continue through mid-December 2020 by a team of INP experts supervised by underwater heritage expert Wafa Ben Slimane in collaboration with professional diver Slim Mdimegh, assisted by a team of professional divers from the Tunisian Navy, with technical and logistical support from the Tunisian Defence Ministry.

Source: ANSA [November 12, 2020]

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