El Guettar, Tunisia

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For the World War II battle, see Battle of El Guettar.
El Guettar
El Guettar is located in Tunisia
El Guettar
El Guettar
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 34°20′14″N 8°57′10″E / 34.33722°N 8.95278°E / 34.33722; 8.95278
Country Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia
Governorate Gafsa
Population (2004)
 • Total 13,554
Time zone CET (UTC1)

El Guettar (Arabic: القطارAl Qaṭār) is a town in central Tunisia in Gafsa Governorate. It is traditionally known for its pistachio nuts. It was the site of a major World War II battle between American forces under George S. Patton, and elements of the German Afrika Korps led by general Jürgen von Arnim in early 1943.

In the 1950s, archaeologists found a crown of balls, 4,000 silex, mammal's teeth and bones of animals laid out near a dried up watering is old 40,000 years. Testimony of devotion with regard to a spirit of the waters, source of any life, it constitutes the oldest religious "building" known in the world (Hermaïon of El Guettar)[citation needed]

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