Welcome

Welcome to the webpage of the Tunisian-British Utica project.

The Tunisian-British Utica project is run jointly by the Tunisian Institut National du Patrimoine and the University of Oxford. Our overall mission is to investigate the ancient city’s urban development and economy, while developing new technologies, training archaeologists and helping to preserve this extraordinary site. We plan to do this through a combination of topographic survey, geophysics, coring, excavation, pottery studies, structural survey and conservation.

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In a two-week pilot season in April 2010, funded by the generous support of Baron Lorne Thyssen, the Society of Antiquaries, the John Fell Oxford University Press (OUP) Research Fund, All Souls College, and Oxford University’s Institute of Archaeology, we carried out an extensive program of magnetometry, established a Digital Elevation Model by DGPS, began a topographical survey of the site, tested the northern margins of the site close to the ancient shoreline with limited sondages, excavated in the area of the basilica and forum in the town centre (revealing early Islamic occupation for the first time), and cleaned and carried out limited excavation in the ‘House of the Grand Oecus’, the largest in the city.

In September 2012, we returned to Utica for a four-week excavation season. Work continued in the centre of the city on the early Islamic levels exposed in 2010 and the Roman structures beneath them, as well as in the ‘House of the Grand Oecus’. Several new trenches were also opened, the finds from which will be discussed in the next interim report. In addition to excavation progress was made on the topographical survey of the site and work began on the pottery analysis. Following the main season, in early October 2012, a smaller team also undertook the first systematic coring campaign on the site.

We will return to Utica in late August 2013 for a five-week excavation season.