My house sits in the middle of a plain, however, about 20 minutes away there is a low hill--more like a bunch of bumps when one looks from a distance. And yet, to stand on those mounds is exhilarating for one stands on the rooftops of an ancient Roman city, Uthina, among the largest colonies in Africa. You must watch your step--a hole in the ground might be a whole room under your feet, maybe a house...
First Berber, then Punic, Uthina had its golden age about 2000 years ago under the Romans who nailed down the essentials to perfection. Sections of a complex aqueduct system may still be seen. The engineers built solid pillars for sections that ran above ground.
The water cisterns are huge and still partially intact.
Somewhat like long, high ceilinged rooms,
the cisterns are lined up one against the other.
With a guaranteed water supply, they could then construct public baths,
of which there are at least two
with indoor toilets that had good, solid seats.
Notice the niches that gave each person a bit of privacy.Shish! Two thousand years old and this wall is still standing. Roman masons knew how to do the job. I can't even get a mason to fix the cracks in the walls right.
This is not just any pile of old rocks and
I'm glad I'm not an archeologist...all I want to do is dig when I visit Uthina!