Marfil de hipopótamo procedente de estratos fenicios arcaicos en Utica (Túnez)
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Author/sBanerjee, Arun; Schumacher, Thomas; Cardoso, Joao Luís; López Castro, José Luis; Ferjaoui, Ahmed; [et al.]
During the last excavation campaigns of the Tunisian-spanish team in Utica (Tunisia) an ancient Phoenician architectonic complex, associated to a partially excavated Phoenician building, was discovered. South of that building an almost circular well opens in the ground. The characteristics of the content of the well allowed to interpret it as a closed context, built up by the remains of a collective, possibly ritual, feast and dated to the last quarter of the 9th century BC. Among the fragments recovered from the well is a cuboid ivory piece. The scientific analysis of the piece revealed the raw material as hippopotamus ivory. This date is put in relation to other contemporaneous ivory finds and the question of Phoenician and orientalizing ivory trade is studied.