Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Phoenician necropolis excavated in Spain

PHOENICIAN WATCH: Workers discover ‘unprecedented’ Phoenician necropolis in southern Spain. Preliminary surveys in Osuna have turned up eight burial vaults as well as staircases (Sam Jones, The Guardian).
Archaeologists exploring the site – which was discovered amid the Roman ruins in the town of Osuna, 55 miles (90km) east of Seville – say the Phoenician-Carthaginian cemetery dates back to the fourth or fifth century BC and is highly unusual as such sites are normally found in coastal areas rather than so far inland.
In Spain, in this period, the ruins could be either Phoenician (from Lebanese colonizers) or Punic (from Carthaginian colonizers). Accordingly, cross-file under Punic Watch.

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