Archaeology of Northern Africa


Understanding of the main regions of Northern Africa and their dynamics with the Mediterranean area.
Understanding of Pre, Proto, Roman, Medieval and Modern Periods within Morrocan area.
Understanding of Roman and late Antique evolution within Tunisian area, with extents to Western Lybia and Eastern Algeria.
Understanding of the main African typologies related to main Mediterranean and Atlantic networks.
Understanding of the role of Northern Africa and particularly of Tunisian area within Mediterraean and Atlantic archaeological dynamics.

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BERNAL, D.; et Al. (2013) – Tamuda.Cronosequencia de la ciudad roman e del castelum romano. Resultados arqueológícos del Plan de Investigación del PET (2008-2010). Universidad de Cadiz.

BONIFAY, M. (2004) – Études sur la céramique romaine tardive d’Afrique. Oxford (BAR International Series ; 1301).

LEONE, A. (2007) – Changing townscapes in North Africa from Late Antiquity to the Arab Conquest. Bari: Edipuglia.

MAHJOUBI, A. (2000) – Villes et structures urbaines de la province romaine d’Afrique. Centre de Publication Universitaire.

PONSICH, M. (1988) – Aceite de oliva y salazones de pescado. Factores geo-economicos de Betica y Tingitana. Madrid: Universidad Complutense.
TUFI, S. R. (2012) – Archeologia delle province romane. Roma: Carocci editore (Manuali Universitari; 133).

VILLAVERDE VEGA, N. (2001) - Tingitana en la Antiguedad Tardia (siglos III-VII) autoctonia y romanidad en el extremo Occidente mediterraneo. Madrid: Real Academia de la Historia.

Teaching method

In class teaching

Evaluation method

Written test (in class): 60%
Group work (2 people max.): 40%

Subject matter

Introduction to the Physical Geography of Northern Africa
Pre and Proto-istory of Morrocan area
Roman and Late Antique Periods within Tunisian and Lybian areas
Historical evolution of the area.
Urban and rural landscapes
Oive-oil, salted-fish and wine production
Rome and Ostia contributions for the understanding of African evolution.
Vandal and Byzantine periods: Late Antique changes in production and townscapes.
Main Tunisian (with extents to Lybia and Algeria) typologies of wide distribution within Mediterranean and Atlantic areas:
Terra sigillata, African cooking ware, lamps
Amphorae, morters, common ware.


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