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Tamouda, Mauretania, 1st Century B.C.
Tamuda (Tamusia) was founded by Berbers in the 3rd century B.C. There was likely a Phoenician presence in the next century, mainly for commerce. Rome occupied Tamuda during the reign of Augustus. Around 42 A.D., it was leveled by Roman garrisons during an insurrection. It was replaced with a fortified settlement, later a Roman castrum, and grew to be a major city of Mauretania Tingitana. Industry included fish salting and purple dye production. The region became fully Romanized, Christian and "pacified." By the time the Vandals arrived in the fifth century the city had disappeared from history and may have already been abandoned.
GB84542. Bronze AE 16, cf. Mazard
), SNG Cop
719 (same), MŁller Afrique
242 (neo-Punic TMDT behind head
), SRCV II
6653 (same), F/VF, rough, dark green patina
, Tamouda (near Tetouan, Morocco) mint, weight
2.454g, maximum diameter
15.7mm, die axis
, 2nd - 1st century B.C.; obverse
two heads of grain, meander symbol and pellet between them; ex-RBW Collection; rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, May 23, 2019.
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