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Kbor Klib and the Battle of Zama

An analysis of the monument in Tunisia and its possible connection with the battle waged between Hannibal and ScAio in 202BC

Duncan Ross


In the remote countryside of north-central Tunisia, between the cities of Siliana and Le Kef, stands a ruined stone structure known as Kbor Klib. A thorough examination of North African archaeological documentation reveals that the monument has over the years been the subject of a variety of descrAtions, discussions and investigations. In this study, the author looks afresh at the archaeological and historical evidence of the site and its environs, and the intriguing possibility that the structure is associated with the Roman North African occupation in general, and the famous battle of Zama in 202 BC between Hannibal and ScAio in particular.