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    Port of 'second Carthage' found Ancient Phoenician harbour discovered off Sardinian coast

    Oristano, September 25 - Archaeologists in Sardinia said Thursday they have found the port of the Phoenician city of Tharros, held by some to be the ancient people's most important colony in the Mediterranean after Carthage.

    Researchers from the University of Cagliari and Sassari found the submerged port in the Mistras Lagoon, several kilometres from the city ruins.

    Excavations have long been going on at the site of the city itself, on a peninsula overlooking the Bay of Oristano in western Sardinia, but this is the first time its waterfront has been located despite almost two centuries of hunting.

    As well as an impressive sandstone wall 100 metres in length and four metres in width, the archaeologists discovered a basin carved in the rock, similar to Carthage's man-made, protected inner harbour.

    A rectilinear waterfront stretches for 225 metres with a 190-metre jetty and there is a 50-metre-long approach canal for ships, the researchers said.

    The city of Tharros was founded in the eighth century BC. The Phoenicians were an ancient maritime trading people who formed a massive commercial empire across the Mediterranean from their bases along the coast of modern-day Lebanon, Syria and Israel.

    The city was later populated by the Romans before being destroyed by Saracen raiders in the tenth century AD.

    Among the Italian cities the Phoenicians founded is today's capital of Sardinia, Cagliari, and the Sicilian capital Palermo.

    Other colonies included Cadiz and Malaga in Spain and Tangiers in Morocco.



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    great discovery!!
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    Interesting discovery! I await the pictures .

    A little something from wiki...
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    Tharros (also spelled Tharras, Greek: Θάρρας, Ptol., Tarrae or Tarras) was an ancient city on the west coast of Sardinia, Italy, and is currently an archaeological site near the village of San Giovanni di Sinis, municipality of Cabras, in the Province of Oristano. It is located on a peninsula that forms the northern cape of the Bay of Oristano, the cape of San Marco. Tharros, mentioned by Ptolemy and in the Itineraries, seems to have been one of the most important places on the island.
    Archaeological research done in the area of Tharros has established that in the eighth century BCE the town was founded by Phoenicians. On the remains of a former nuragic village on top of the hill called Su Muru Mannu they founded a tophet, an open air sacred place common for several installations of Phoenicians in the western Mediterranean, and seen as a first sign of colonization and urbanization. Excavations have shown that from the eighth century BCE until the abandonment of Tharros in the 10th century CE the place has been inhabited, first by Phoenicians, then by the Punics and then under Roman domination. The town was abandoned under pressure of the incursions of Saracen raiders. The site has been used for centuries after that as a cave for building materials for the surrounding villages and towns. Certainly there has always been a strong Sardic element during the whole time of it's existence. An inscription records the repair of the road from Tharras to Cornus as late as the reign of the emperor Philip. (De la Marmora, Voy. en Sardaigne, vol. ii. pp. 359, 477.) The Antonine Itinerary correctly places it 18 miles from Cornus and 12 from Othoca (modern Santa Giusta near Oristano). (Itin. Ant. p. 84; Ptol. iii. 3. 2.)
    The area is now an open air museum and still excavations are done bringing to light ever more details of the past of this town. What is to be seen is most of the period of Roman domination or early Christianity. Amongst the interesting structures is the tophet itself, the bath installations, the temple foundations and a part of the area with houses and artisan workshops.
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    Tophet



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    Amazing discovery. I'm really considering pursuing an archaeological carreer by the way.

    Hopefully, more discoveries like this are made, so that we better understand the ancient world, let alone the ancient Carthaginians.


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