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Archaeological campaigns

During the first archaeological campaign of 2017 at Sumhuram (SUM17A) excavations were carried out in three areas of the site.
In the Area F the investigations in the temple’s square are going on, with the main purpose of understanding the chronology of the area, the function of the buildings below the square and their relationships with the religious area of the site.
In the eastern part of the city, Area G, a new building was identified to the north of the stores. Two furnaces for iron working have been brought to light under the perimeter of one of the buildings of the area. They must be added to the other furnace for iron discovered in 2006, and to the furnaces for bronze artifacts excavated in 2014, located in the same area. This is a further confirmation of the importance of Sumhuram as a centre of production of metal works.
In Area H the main aim of the work was to investigate the relations between the southern part of the city and the well documented Area A, and to better study the structures located along the southern side of the city walls, previously excavated by the AFSM.
The most interesting object unearthed during the campaign comes from this area. It is a bronze figurine representing an animal with long straight and branched horns, which can be interpreted as a gazelle or a deer.
The second archaeological campaign of 2017 carried on by IMTO in the ancient town of Sumhuram, SUM17B, started on August th 5th and ended on August the 24th. Works were focused on two areas of the city: In Area B: part of an ancient building, on which the later structure BB3 was imposed, was investigated. It is located immediately to the West of the southern part of the storehoses complex of Sumhuram. In Area G: the excavation of the wide street A266 brought to the light a new structure used for the iron working and permitted to fix the north-western limit of the storehouses. At the end of this campaign it is clear that there are 8 stores to the North and 8 stores to the South of the so called “Market Square” of Sumhuram.   
Download the preliminary report of SUM17A and SUM17B