Archaeomagnetic data from three Punic sites in Tunisia

Boutheina Fouzai, Lluís Casas, Nejia Laridhi Ouazaa, Mounir Fantar, Aureli Álvarez

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Abstract

Archaeomagnetic analyses on bricks and slag fragments from kilns have been undertaken. Four new archaeomagnetic directions and two new archaeomagnetic intensities have been reported for three Punic sites in Tunisia. The SCHA.DIF.3K archaeomagnetic model gives the most consistent age estimates, in agreement with the archaeological ages for three of the four analyzed kilns. The archaeomagnetic models appeared to be surprisingly proficient both using archaeodirections and intensities for El Maklouba. The existence of kilns from different chronological archaeological phases (4th-3th century BC and 2nd-3rd century AD) has been confirmed for this site. The archaeological hypothesis that associates the kiln in El Gaala with the neighboring Punic necropolis is compatible with the archaeomagnetic data obtained from the kiln, though a modern use or remagnetisation of the kiln cannot be excluded. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1703-1714
JournalJournal of Archaeological Science
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

Keywords

  • Archaeodirection
  • Archaeointensity
  • Archaeomagnetism
  • Dating
  • Geomagnetic field modeling
  • Punic civilization
  • Tunisia

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