Kerkouane Archaeological Site
The archaeological site of Kerkouane is one of the most valuable archaeological sites in Tunisia, because the only one, until today, whose foundation dates back to the Punic period – perhaps the 6th century BC. J-C. – and which the Romans did not rebuild after the annexation of Africa to the Roman Empire, thus bequeathing us an urban space, that of a small city which has not yet been identified, typically Punic
Apparently abandoned after its destruction by the Roman consul M. Atilus Regulus in 256 BC. J.C before being rediscovered at the beginning of the 50s of the last century, the city had been, so to speak, leveled. But the remains today offer us the plan of a typical Punic city, with the very clear layout of houses equipped with all the amenities (bathtubs and ovens included), decorated with primitive mosaic floors, one of which depicts the Punic goddess. Tanit.
Coastal city, Kerkouane was endowed with a port of which some sections still remain; it was to engage in trade with other Mediterranean ports to which it exported agricultural products but also handicrafts, like fabrics dyed purple, manufacturing facilities for this substance having been discovered near the coast, same as the shops of a commercial district. A museum gathering some objects discovered on the site, was erected at the entrance.
Hours of operation:
From 16/09 to 31/05:09.00-16.00
From 01/06 to 15/09:09.00-18.00
The museum is closed on Mondays