National Geographic : 1974 Aug
Luxuries of a lost life: Baths, running water, mosaic floors, and courtyards shaded by pomegran ate and olive trees created a demi-paradise at Kerkouane on Cape Bon. Excavator Mhamed Fantar sits in a slipper-shaped bathtub that received hot and cold water through lead pipes. Though small, these dwellings of the third century B.C. sheltered a people made wealthy by a dye industry attested by vats and mounds of snail shells. The three room houses cluster around small courtyards, common in the Tuni sian countryside today. Mosaic floors glimmer with limestone, shells, colored stones, and glass. Some homeowners embedded Tanit's symbol (upper right) in floors to ward off evil. Another Phoenician settle ment stood below this ancient necropolis (right) at Tangier. Coins found in the modern city bear its ancient name, Tingis, spelled in the Phoenician man ner without any vowels-tng. Containers of food and drink, toiletries, cosmetics, lamps, jew elry, and ritual objects often ac companied the deceased, buried in tombs similar to this.