Opening The Archaeological Site of Lixos

Apr 12, 2019 by

The Ministry of Culture and Communication announced the opening of the Lixos Archaeological site on April 20 within the activities of Heritage Month. This opening comes after the construction of a special center for the site and the preparation of a path to visit it and it comes in the context of an integrated project that includes the launch of an extensive archaeological excavation program and create a center to introduce the heritage of the site.

The site of Lixos, in terms of its location and monuments, occupies a privileged place in the ancient archaeological scene. It embodies the ruins of the famous city of Lixos, which was founded in the 8th century BC. It is one of the oldest cities in the western Mediterranean. Its reconstruction extended for a long period of twenty where it moved from an independent Moorish city (8th century BC- 40 AD) to a Roman settlement (40 AD – beginning of the fifth century AD) and then to an Islamic city called “Tashmis” (8th-14th century). This reflects the distinctiveness of Morocco in its ancient history by the cross-fertilization of many international cultures and civilizations.

The architectural effects of the ruins of a palace built during the reign of Yuba II, a world-class theater and a group of Romanian cooking plants are recorded. In addition, there are Roman architectural works that were decorated with exquisite floor tiles of mosaics. It reflects the city’s economic prosperity and continued trade relations with Mediterranean countries.

Therefore, the rehabilitation of the site and its value with the programming of the launch of new archaeological research will contribute to the definition of the historical legacy of the site, and the disclosure of new architectural components will be able to increase the attractiveness of visitors nationally and internationally to become a center of cultural radiation at the local and regional level.

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