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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.
Download the preliminary report of SUM17A