KINDEROFFERS IN DE TOPHET (CARTHAGO); HOUTSKOOLONDERZOEK
During Punic times (700- 146 BC) children were sacrificed at Carthage. The charcoal content of 88 urns has been examined. Some 25 wood species could be recognized, among which Olea, the olive, was predominant. In the course of time a change in the choice of wood species took place. At first species of the natural vegetation were used, such as Pistacia lentiscus. In the 6th/5th century BC Olea was the fuel most used. Besides Olea, Quercus was important in the 4th century BC. Finds of Olea, Vitis and several Prunus types reflect the farming activity around Carthage. Remains of Quercus, Ulmus and Cedrus point to increased building activity.