"The Libyco-Punic mausoleum" Dougga Off The Beaten Path Tip by JLBG

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The Libyco-Punic mausoleum is one of very few ruins from the time before the Romans. It dates back to 3rd century BC, and even if it is small, it could be worth the whole trip to Dougga in itself. It stands 21 meters high at the south edge of the town. It is sometimes considered as the sepulture of a Numidian king, Ataban. It is more likely to be a mausoleum. A stele bearing the names of its builders and Numidian princes who were believed to have resided in Thugga once ornamented it. A British consul stole the stone that is now found in the British Museum. The mausoleum was half destroyed and had to be rebuilt.

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  • Written Jan 9, 2005
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