A ROMAN TERRA SIGILLATA DISH FROM TUNISIA, IN LEYDEN BY J. H. C. KERN The Roman terra sigillata dish reproduced on Plate I, was acquired by the Leyden Antiquities Museum as early as The piece is definitely known to come from Tunisia, where it was picked up, together with a large haul of other Roman ceramics, I by the Dutch colonel J. E. Humbert, when the latter was working in the service of the Bey of Tunis, in the years 1822-1823. From a rapid conspectus of the enormous wealth of Humbert's manuscripts and files on Tunisia which are kept in the archives of the Leyden Museum, it appears beyond doubt that a large number of Roman ceramics, including our dish, were found in the course of occasional diggings practised by Humbert at one well- defined place in the kingdom of the Bey. This locality is given by Humbert as Sursef, with the appended identification-equally Humbert's-that this is the ancient Sarsura. The Sursef locale certainly has a good deal of problems in store for present-day research. However, Humbert defined the area of Sursef as being situated between Sousse (ancient Hadrumetum) and Sfax (ancient Taparura), i.e., towns at 144 and
Mnemosyne – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1958
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