Thugga (Dougga)

The archaeological site of Thugga (modern-day Dougga) is located in the North-west region of Tunisia, dominating the fertile valley of Oued Khalled. Before the Roman annexation of Numidia, the town of Thugga was the capital of an important Libyco-Punic state. It flourished under Roman rule but declined during the Byzantine and Islamic periods. The impressive ruins that are visible today give some idea of the resources of a small Roman town on the fringes of the empire. The remains of the ancient town were designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.

Coordinates: 36°25’20.0″N 9°13’06.0″E



4 thoughts on “Thugga (Dougga)

  1. I’m always pleased to see sheep mowing a national monument. The first time I encountered it was in 1978, at Housesteads, in Hadrian’s Wall – lest anyone think it’s not a first-class phenomenon.


  2. Carol,
    This is an amazing sight to those of us know what it is. I was thinking for a moment if I were a novice, what am I seeing?, would be a good question. The temple clearly is a temple, the theater a theater. But if I were a novice much of the rest is piles of stone. When we were in Rome last we saw a little book that showed what the Forum looked like in the 3rd century, compared to today. My wife, not as much of an ancient historian as I, thought it was a great idea, so more could understand the importance of the remains of Roman civilization. Just a thought from here in the Peanut Gallery.

    LTC Steven H. Bullock, AUS Ret.


  3. Pingback: Thugga (Dougga) — following hadrian photography | Die Goldene Landschaft

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