Topic ID #30403 - posted 12/17/2013 3:40 PM

Tunisia- Zita Field School





Dates: August 04 - September 7, 2014

Project Description: The site of Zita is an urban mound located in southern Tunisia and situated along an ancient trade route from Carthage to Tripoli. Identified by a Latin inscription as the Roman city of “Zita” (“Olive City” in Punic) it also contains a Carthaginian child sacrifice precinct (tophet).  Our project is the first modern research expedition to be granted permission to work here.  For the 2014 season, we will continue with mapping the ancient city and its coastal and agricultural hinterlands.  We will also continue targeted excavation at the Roman forum and the Carthaginian sacrifice precinct to inform us on Zita’s cultural trajectories.  Finally, we will document the socioeconomic, political, religious, and ecological realities of the local populations from prehistory to the post-Arab Spring using archaeological and ethnographic methods.


Academic Credits: Attending students will be awarded 8 semester credit units (equivalent to 12 quarter units) through Connecticut College.

Total Cost: $4,150; includes tuition, cost of credit units, and room & board.

Accommodations: Field housing will be in a modern villa in Jarzis, about five miles from the site. The enclosed villa contains five two-bedroom apartments, entirely reserved for our field school. Two or three people will share a room. There is a garden, outdoor terraces, hot water, and air conditioning.

Meals: All meals will be communal events, prepared by two in-house cooks. The food prepared will be traditional Tunisian cuisine, based largely on couscous, semolina, bread, vegetables (typically carrots and sweet potatoes), soups, fish, chicken, and goat.  Although vegetarian or vegan options are available, it may be challenging at times to maintain these diets. Students with these diets should discuss ways to find accommodations with project directors. The tap water is fine for bathing, but is not potable and bottled water will be provided for drinking.

Travel Information: Students must arrive to the Tunis-Carthage International Airport (TUN) by Aug. 4 (Monday) and will be met at the airport by project staff members.  The initial few days will be spent at project living quarters in TunisOld City (Medina). After our stay in Tunis, we will travel as a group to Jarzis. If you missed your connection or your flight is delayed, please call, text or email to the project director.  Local cell phone numbers and other emergency contact information will be provided to all enrolled students.

Visa Requirements: A passport with at least six months of validity remaining is required.  For U.S. passport holders, a visa is not necessary for stays of up to three months.  For more information, please visit the US State Department Travel Advice page.

Health: For specific information regarding travel health issues pertinent to travel in Tunisia, consult with the Centers for Disease Control website.

Project Directors and Contact Information:

Mr. Brett Kaufman, UCLA (; Dr. Ali Drine, INP (; Dr. Hans Barnard, UCLA (; Mr. Rayed Khedher, UCLA, (


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