Working Group Project

Investigating Ancient DNA of Antique Population

Workshop and Empirical Study

The archaeological site of Thugga (nowadays called Dougga) is located in North-Western Tunisia. The city of Dougga preserves four millennia of history. It is a distinguished cultural heritage site that presents itself as an open-air museum featuring perfectly preserved ruins and inscriptions. In an interdisciplinary workshop, researchers and stakeholders discuss approaches to elucidate the history of the antique city of Dougga. Their applied methods inculde architectural, archaeozoological, anthropological, ceramic, epigraphic, and numismatic analyses as well as the study of funeral practices.

Members of the AGYA Working Group Common Heritage and Common Challenges add a fresh perspective to the research on the archeological site of Dougga by investigating ancient DNA samples to determine the genetic fingerprints and relations of individuals inhumed in the same burials. They identify the genetic composition of the antique population and its potential origin.


The bazina 55, the internal organisation

Samir Aounallah/INP/AOrOc-CNRS-ENS

Disciplines Involved
Archaeology, History, Arabic Studies, Human Genetics
Cooperation Partners
Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia
Institutes National du Patrimoine, Tunisia
Project Title
Interdisciplinary Investigations of the Archaeological Site of Dougga (Thugga) in Tunisia
Funding Scheme
Working Group Project
Working Group
Common Heritage and Common Challenges
Countries Involved
Algeria, Germany, Tunisia