Rescue search – Al-Arbas Site

Rescue search – Al-Arbas Site

Research project at the Avitta Bibba site

The National Heritage Institute has resumed an archaeological research project on the site of Avitta Bibba, delegation of Bourada, governorate of Siliana, under the direction of researchers Mohammed Ben Najma, Chokri Touihri, Yamen Saghier

Research project at the Avitta Bibba site

Avitta Bibba

Zaghouan – Large ancient farm discovered on the route of the future Tunis-Jelma highway

Multidisciplinary teams from the National Heritage Institute, led by Hamden Ben Romdhane, researcher, have just completed a preventive research project on the Hr Ourazla site in the Nadhour delegation (Zaghouan governorate).

This research, carried out over two years (March 2019 – March 2021), included both excavation and geophysical and pedestrian prospecting with GPS location of the finds on the surface.

The result is a large farm of 1000 m2, which was continuously occupied from the end of the 2nd century to the beginning of the 7th century AD.


Rescue excavations at the archaeological site of Sejja, Siliana – South delegation, Siliana Governorate: February-March 2021

Following acts of demolition using a Bulldozer, the services of the National Heritage Institute in the governorate of Siliana intervened (and still are) to carry out a rescue excavation on the archaeological site of ” Sejja “in Siliana Sud,


Project “the city of Agger and jebel Serj in antiquity”.

Scientific research was launched on October 03, 2020, as part of the scientific cooperation project linking the National Institute of Heritage to the research laboratory “Land Occupation, Population and Ways of Life in the ancient and medieval Maghreb (Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences of Sousse).

This project concerns the study of the ancient city of Agger (Sidi Amara, Ouesslatia delegation, Kairouan governorate) and the various archaeological sites located within the limits of the 1: 50,000th topographic map of Jebel Serj. This region is known for a significant human presence throughout history, and the study of traces of this presence has contributed to the development of our knowledge of the human way of life during prehistory and protohistory as well as of the strategic importance of the region during the Byzantine period and the High Middle Ages.

The team for this project is made up of several researchers, teachers and technicians with the coordination of Faouzi Abdellaoui (assistant professor at the University of Kairouan and member of the Land Occupation Laboratory) and Hamden Ben Romdhane (research officer at the INP). This project benefits from the scientific direction of Mm Leila Ladjimi Sebai (research director at the INP and former scientific manager of the Agger site) and Mr. Abedellatif Mrabet, Professor at the University of Sousse and director of the “occupation du ground… “

Fieldwork and study will continue until 2022 with the main objective of providing archaeological and architectural documentation of the various sites in addition to historical studies which will allow a better knowledge of this important cultural and natural reserve.

Projet « la ville d’Agger et jebel Serj dans l’antiquité »
Projet « la ville d’Agger et jebel Serj dans l’antiquité »
Projet « la ville d’Agger et jebel Serj dans l’antiquité »
Projet « la ville d’Agger et jebel Serj dans l’antiquité »
Projet « la ville d’Agger et jebel Serj dans l’antiquité »
Projet « la ville d’Agger et jebel Serj dans l’antiquité »

Discovery of two ancient rural farms in Tunisia

Within the framework of preventive excavations organised by the National Heritage Institute, in partnership with the Ministry of Equipment, Housing and Land Management, and the Agency for Heritage and Cultural Promotion, on the route of the planned Tunis-Gafsa motorway, three sites belonging to the governorate of Zaghouan have been excavated.
Two sites have revealed their secrets following the discovery of two large rural farms dating back to antiquity. The first was at Hr Ourazla (Nadhur delegation) and the second at Hr Tella (Zaghouan delegation). The two sites belong to two different farming areas. Indeed, according to the archaeological material collected during the excavations, the first site is related to the Byzacene culture and its occupation does not go back beyond the Roman period, while the second is in the heart of the Carthaginian territory and dates back to the 5th century BC. Each of the two monuments covers about 1000 m2 and preserves most of its planimetry with facilities related to olive growing and domestic activities (basins, counterweights, millstones … etc). The two farms, whose occupation had ended with the Arab conquest, have only preserved the levels of the foundations built on rocky outcrops.
These archaeological interventions undertaken since March 2019 and scheduled following geophysical surveys, are the work of a scientific and technical team of the National Heritage Institute led by Samir Aounallah, director of research, Sami Ben Taher, research master and Hamden Ben Romdhane, research officer.
Excavation team (heritage curators, topographers, architectural technicians and students): Afef Riahi, Hssyne Arfa, Myriam Mahmoudi, Hosni Ben Mohamed, Saber Henchiri, Slim Bechrifia, Emna Azouz, Nabil Belmabrouk, Ridha Kooli, Kais Trabelsi, Yahya Khemiri, Abir Daadaa and Sabrine Mfarej.
Découverte de deux fermes rurales antiques en Tunisie
Découverte de deux fermes rurales antiques en Tunisie
Découverte de deux fermes rurales antiques en Tunisie

Cooperation project between the National Heritage Institute and the DAI ROME: Jouggar project (Zaghouan governorate)

Project Coordinators: Hamden Ben Romdhane and Ralf BockMann

Laser scanner and photogrammetric survey

The INP (Institut National du Patrimoine) in Tunis and the DAI – Deutsches Archaologisches Institut (German Archaeological Institute) in Rome have been conducting a project to study the archaeological site of Jouggar, Tunisia, since 2018.

In 2019, an integrated laser scanner and photogrammetric survey was carried out in order to obtain three-dimensional ultra-high resolution artefacts.

The site consists of an external part, a Byzantine fortress and an underground part, a Roman nymphaeum.

The external part is acquired by laser scanner and photogrammetry both terrestrial and drone.

For the internal part, the laser survey is integrated with a very high resolution photogrammetric survey carried out downstream of the installation of a light lighting set.

The result is a highly detailed point cloud and an extremely resolute 3D model.


  • point cloud
  • navigable 3D model
  • very high resolution orthophoto
  • immersive virtual tour

Visit the project page via this link and see the results of the laser scanner of Jouggar’s fortress and nymphaeum:

ite archéologique de Jouggar

archaeological site of Jouggar

Historical information (R. Bockmann and H. Ben Romdhane)

Jougar is located on the slopes of a 370 m high mountain range, where the Ain Jougar spring originates. It is located 15 km south of Thuburbo Maius and 90 km from Carthage. According to current knowledge, the water from this spring was collected in the monumental Nymphaeum from the Severian period onwards and was fed into the aqueduct of Zaghouan, which supplied water to the ancient city of Carthage through a pipe with a total length of 128 km. During the Byzantine period, in the 6th century AD, the Nymphaeum was secured by a fortress, which was restored in the Middle Ages and the 19th century. This aqueduct continues to be functional to this day and is included with the entire Zaghouan-Carthage complex in the UNESCO World Heritage List.