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ANSA (italian press here)

Discovered the searched inscription at Zama
 February 12, 2002

TUNIS, Feb 12 - (Di Jaafar Iskander) The archaeological site of Jamma (the center-north of Tunisia), than from decades is dug from italian and tunisine equipes in intermittent campaigns, would finally have revealed the main secret that every archaeologist has up to now wished to discover. A Latin inscription has been recovered that would prove that Jamma would not be other than Zama the site of the battle between Hannibal and Scipione.
The news of the finding has been revealed from the Prof. Angela Donati who in last days went on the site to define with the tunisin colleagues some details about the next campaign of diggings that will start in April.
An enlargement of the digging field beyond the bizantine walls that up to now delimited it, allowed the diggings to decidedly involve the Roman city and gratified archeologists with the finding in October of one the latin inscriptions that reports the name of  "zamenses regenses" people the Zama inhabitants.
The document, has specified the Prof. Donated "is still under study", but it seems already destined to clean every doubt on the identity of the site that should be exactly the true Zama near which the conclusive battle of the Second Punic War between the cartaginese army of Hannibal and the Roman Army of Scipione  happened in 202 B.C. 
The finding seems located into a sanctuary or however a sacred building of a still ignored divinity, has specified the Italian archaeologist expressing the hope to clarify this in the close future.
The Zama diggings are conducted by Italian archeologists from the Sabatino Moscati Institute of the CNR and the University of Bologna in collaboration with the tunisin colleagues of the Institut National di Patrimoine.
Project managers are Prof. Paul Bartoloni for the Italian part and Ahmed Ferjaoui for the tunisin part.
(ANSA). COR-RED
12/02/2002 17:32

 

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