Kerkouane is a Punic city in northeastern Tunisia, near Cape Bon. This Phoenician city was probably abandoned during the First Punic War (c. 250 B.C.), and as a result was not rebuilt by the Romans. It had existed for almost 400 years.

Excavations of the town have revealed ruins from the 4th and 3rd Centuries BC. Around the site where the layout is clearly visible, many houses still show their walls, and the coloured clay on the facades is often still visible. The houses were built to a standard plan, in accordance with a sophisticated notion of town planning.

A sanctuary has some columns preserved, and in a small atrium parts of mosaics are found. Curbstones, doorsteps, thresholds, and floors of simple mosaic layers are found all over the ruins. Still archaeologists work on the Kerkouane site, but it is believed that the best parts have already been discovered.

Kerkouane was one of the most important Punic cities, with Carthage, Hadrumetum (modern Sousse) and Utica.

  • Phoenician bath (5th C BC)
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  • View towards Cap Bon from the remains of the courtyard at No. 35, rue de l'Apotropaion, Kerkouane
  • Bathroom and well of No.23, rue de l'Atropopaion, Kerkouane
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  • View of Kerkouane archeological site
  • Murex pits used preparing purple dye
  • Tanit Mosaic
  • Site punique de Kerkouane
  • Ruins. Kerkouene Tunisia
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