Mediterranean Section Research at the Penn Museum

The archaeological and ethnohistorical survey found major shifts in the settlement patterns of the island. The Punic and Roman periods developed a landscape of several urban centers within a countryside of villas and farms.




6th century BCE–19th century CE


  • Dr. Renata Holod, University of Pennsylvania
  • Dr. Elizabeth Fentress, American Academy in Rome
  • Dr. Ali Drine, Institut Nationale pour Patrimoine, Tunis

Project Overview

The Medieval period (700 CE through 1400 CE) is represented by a densely packed rural environment of small farms and mosques, but no urban entities, and an early modern pattern of new estates and new towns emerges with the inclusion of Jerba into the Ottoman realm.

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