Chemtou Museum

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Chemtou Museum
متحف شمتو الاثري
Roman mill at Chemtou.jpg
Roman mill race to a horizontal water turbine
Location Chemtou, Tunisia
Type archaeological museum

The Chemtou Museum is an archaeological museum located in Chemtou, Tunisia.

This museum of modern design is a collaboration between archaeologists of the Tunisian National Heritage Institute and the German Archaeological Institute offices located in Rome, Italy. It has the distinction of being located in the area of the old Roman city of Simmithu, near the entrepot's marble quarry in what was the ancient Berber kingdom of Numidia.

Marble quarries[edit]

The exploitation of marble began on site in the 2nd century and was operated by the Roman emperors. The location of the area, not far from the Medjerda River, allowed for mass production for export.

The museum presents the archaeological discoveries made nearby. Among the remains exposed, include sandstone green schist (dated from the 3rd century BC). A tiara has also been excavated belonging to the royal family at Numidian. In addition, there is the restored façade of a religious monument on a hill nearby.

A series of Roman mill races to horizontal water turbines have also been discovered showing that part of activities at the site had been mechanised.

See also[edit]


  • Aïcha, Ben Abed, Carthage. Capitale de l'Africa, Connaissance des arts, hors-série Carthage n°69, 1995, p. 28.

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Coordinates: 36°29′23″N 8°34′37″E / 36.48972°N 8.57694°E / 36.48972; 8.57694