Source: Website of the National Museum of Carthage

 Among all possible paths to the discovery of the past, here is a way, still unobserved  in Tunisia, consisting in real life reconstruction, based on what is known as “dermoplasty”. This highly sophisticated technique, which is situated at the confluence of science and the art, is used for reconstructing human beings and hominids, sometimes thousands of years old; Thanks to, it   was  possible  to retrieve the face of the  ancestors of mankind: Australopithecus, Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon and others, and closer to us in terms of  historical period, that of Pharaoh Tutankhamen. This reconstruction, adopted by many museums around the world, is now being used in connection with Carthage, a city whose fate has continued to raise questions and passions. Carthage whose memory continues to spoof the fragments of a surprising story that put together make up a gorgeous fresco that we thought we knew, but which is sometimes elusive, and sometimes reappears at the turn of a thought, of a discovery or, as is the case through the current exhibit,  of a real encounter. We are actually invited to meet a Carthaginian, and to discover the facial appearance of a young man, who lived in the 6th century B.C. that is to say nearly 27 centuries ago, and was buried in a beautiful tomb at the Byrsa hill. The study of the skeleton allow us  to confirm   that he died at a young age, in the prime of life, in unclear circumstances This event is not a speech, it will nevertheless, beyond the mere setting up  of a classical and didactic exhibition of archaeological artifacts resulting from  the  excavations and discoveries, to truly go out to meet the history and the past , to retrieve, very likely with emotion, the face of one of our ancestors

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The young man of Byrsa in Carthage


National Museum of Carthage, Carthage - Tunisia


FROM October 15, 2010 TO March 31, 2011

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