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Tunisia?? Where's that??!!

map As the map reveals, Tunisia has the Mediterranean Sea to its north and east. Tunisia is also inbetween Libya (South) and Algeria (West). Even though it is between two volitile countries, it is relatively stable. It is a small, fairly developed country with a varied history and culture. Tunisia is an Arabic and Islamic country, but it was once a French protectorate and as a result, Tunisia is a crossroads between East and West. This western influence still permeates Tunisian culture. Tunisia gained control of its own destiny in 1956. When Tunisia became the Rupublic of Tunisia it strengthened its relations with both the Arab states and with France. For example French is still widely spoken. Nevertheless it struggles to maintain a balance between its rich Arab heritage and its modern western influences.

Flag Because of its unique place in the world, its relatively stable politics and its mild Mediterranean climate, Tunisia has become a popular holiday destination. Tourism has become a thriving industry and there are many resorts along the East coast.

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How this page started

mosaic In 1994 and 1996 I was apart of the University of Alberta's excavation of a Roman bathhouse situated just beyond the city-walls of Carthage, near to the well-preserved amphitheatre. The building is known as the "Villa of Scorpianus" from the name which appears on a mosaic pavement found there in the late 19th century. The project involved the excavation of a Roman bath building at Bir El Djebbana on the outskirts of the ancient city. Excavation at the site uncovered a large swimming pool, several mosaic pavements, and part of a Late Antique cemetery.

I had a Great Time

dig The houses that I stayed in were in walking distance to many beaches!! There is no better way to relax, after a day of digging, than to go swimming, or relax on the beach. Carthage is a "coffee shop" city. Like in Canada, many people go to the local cafes to hang out with their friends. The difference is that a cafe au lait is only 40 cents!!

Please visit the page "What Others Say". I have included my own thoughts on travelling in Tunisia and of various cities, as well as what other people have to say.

Interesting Fact of the Month - November

Who founded the Phoenicians settlement in North Africa? Elishat, known as Elissa by the Greeks and Dido by the Romans, founded Carthage (or Utica) according to myth but died soon after. In order to keep from marrying the local tribal leader, Iarbas, and to remain faithful to her dead husband, Elissa mounted a sacrificial pyre and was swallowed by the flames.
Even though Rome and Carthage became bitter enemies, Rome linked itself with Carthage early on through legend. In fact it was Virgil who linked Carthage's founding with that of Rome's. On his way from Troy to Italy Aeneas stopped in Africa where he fell in love with, and then abandoned Dido. In Virgil's story, Dido is said to have killed herself for him.

Go to the Fact Page to see more facts about Tunisia.

Quote of the Month - November

William's comments: "I lived in Tunisia as a small boy and loved every minute of it. It is my most favorite place on the planet. This is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. The Tunisians do their best to make you feel as at home and welcome as possible. I lived in La Marsa and would suggest seeing as many sites as you can like: The Crystal clear beaches of Hammamet, The Roman Ruins of Carthage and Douga and the exciting night life of Sidi Bou Said. I would recomend this place to anyone to live or just stop by and visit. It is truly a magnificant site to see from the picturesque landscape to the exciting cuisine."

Go to the See What Others Say Page to read what others think about Tunisia. It includes thoughts on specific cities.

Photo of the Month - November

The souk in Sousse
The souk in Sousse

Go to the Photos Page to see the other photos I have scanned.

Link of the Month - November

Here's a Tunisian newsgroup: alt.culture.tunisia

To see other links on Tunisia visit the Links Page

Archaeology Information of the Month - November

Tunisia, Where's That?! has been invited to be a founding member of the Archaeology Pod at Tripod!
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If you are looking for fieldwork opportunities, please visit the Archaeological Fieldwork Server, which has information on fieldwork posts.


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