The Carthage Tophet
 
 

Located in the immediate vicinity of the Punic ports, the Tophet is a sacred enclosure where the Punic people offered sacrifices in honour of the protective divinities of Carthage, Baal Hammon and Tanit. A longstanding assumption, now contested by some specialists, was that children were sacrificed to incur redemption or grace. Indeed, the deepest strata of the site have revealed urns containing the ashes of children. In the upper layers of this “funerarium” the receptacles (urns or mini stone sarcophagi) contain animal bones.

The site consists of a tunnel enclosing offerings that are still underground, a garden in which the limestone or sandstone cippi and stelae surmounting these offerings are displayed, as well as an altar where the sacrifice ritual must have taken place.

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