Rus Africum - Thugga Survey
IntroductionRusAfricum.org has been created to give open access to the data collected during the archaeological surveys carried on in Tunisia for many years by the University of Trento (Italy) and the Institut National du Patrimoine of Tunisia, under the joint direction of Mustapha Khanoussi, Samir Aounallah (from 2012) and Mariette de Vos Raaijmakers.
The research project:The survey project has been carried out in the Medjerda valley (in the Tunisian High Tell), covering an area of about 660 sq. Km, including the 33th map of the "Atlas Archéologique de la Tunisie", which contains also the city of Thugga (Dougga).
Fieldwork was carried on by an interdisciplinary Tunisian-Italian research group of 20 members, in different periods of time. The first was in the years between 1994 and 2000, the second in 2007-2008 and a third in the years 2012-2014. An area of about 69 sq. km, oriented east-west, was investigated more thoroughly, while the remaining surface was investigated extensively.
This survey proved that the area was intensely exploited during the Roman period and in late antiquity, as proved by the construction of a large number of farms equipped with oil and wine presses and grain mills.