Resumption of the “salvage excavation” at the archaeological site of Théveste, in Negrine in the province of Tebessa

Services of the Culture and Arts Directorate in the province of Tebessa have resumed the “salvage excavation” works at the regional archaeological site “Théveste” in the municipality of Negrine (160 km south), according to a statement made Saturday by the local director of the same services, Jamal Eddine Abidi.

The same official explained, “After the cessation, last year, of drilling and excavation work at the same archaeological site due to the circumstances related to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, excavation work at the “Théveste”  site has resumed to explore any potential effects in the period between May 27 and next June 12, based on the recommendations of the relevant Ministry ”.

The “Théveste” area in the municipality of Negrine, in which a mosaic was discovered in early 2020, following an unauthorized excavation of one of the area’s farmers, is rich in artifacts that have not yet been discovered due to the cultural succession through various historical stages, according to the same official.

A specialized archaeological research team has started “salvage excavations” at the same site with the aim of extracting any potential artifacts, studying them, and displaying them in a museum for visitors, the same official added.

The team includes Mr. Elias Arifi, a research professor at the National Center for Research in Archeology, Mr. Karim Tighermine from the same center, and Mr. Mahran Salmi, Coordinator of Cultural Heritage at the Directorate of Culture and Arts in the province of Tebessa, in addition to a number of researchers in archeology, according to Mr. Abidi.

It is worth recalling that a citizen residing in the “Théveste” area (the municipality of Negrine) discovered, in January 2020, a mosaic, part of which was subjected to vandalism while he was carrying out excavation work inside his private farm, a team of experts from the National Center for Research in Archeology was dispatched to inspect it and determine the historical period to which it belongs.

According to initial estimates announced at the time, the mosaic was a cover for the steam room of a spa in the same area and dates back to the fourth or fifth century AD of the Roman period.

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