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The Mausoleum of Gasr Doga

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 March 2015

Francesca Bigi
CNRS-ENS (Paris)
Ginette Di Vita-Evrard
CNRS-ENS (Paris)
Sergio Fontana
CNRS-ENS (Paris)
Gianluca Schingo
CNRS-ENS (Paris)


The mausoleum of Gasr Doga in the Tarhuna area was a grand funerary monument erected, by a member of the local Libico-Punic élite, in a strategic position on the limits of the provincial territory. Its architectural articulation recalls the dynastic Numidian monuments, while its decoration shows elements of the local tradition combined with motifs imported from Italy. In Late Antiquity and the Islamic period the mausoleum was surrounded by a fortified village, almost entirely built of spolia coming from the mausoleum itself. In an attempted reconstruction, the elevation of the third storey is discussed alongside other problems concerning the original layout of the structure.

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