Chemtou is the modern named for the ruined Roman city of Simithu in modern Tunisia. Faculty and students from St. Louis Community College visited the site during 1999.


Our tour bus and the Roman road preserved near the of Chemtou, Tunisia.

Roman quarry at Chemtou, Tunisia.

Bird's eye reconstructed view of Chemtou, Tunisia.

Replica of a plate / circular panel carved from Chemtou marble - the design shows Zeus-Serapis. The original is in the Cologne Museum, Germany.

Fragment of carved relief of a winged figure (erotes?) from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Fragment of a carved relief from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Fragment of a carved relief of horse and rider from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Fragment of a carved relief of Dionysos from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Tombstone showing a smoking altar from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Tombstone with Latin inscription from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Damaged gravestone with relief representation of a bull and altar from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Closeup of the gravestone relief representation of a bull and altar from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Fragment of a raised relief showing a Gladius (Latin, sword) from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Raised relief of Punic elites from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Relief of a horseman from Chemtou, Tunisia. [Cool shoes!!!]

Roman inscription (milestone?) with the Latin name of the site in the last line. The Emperors Valentian I and Valens are named in the middle of the inscription; in the Chemtou Museum, Tunisia.

Mosaic including the seasons from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Roman tombstone showing a large basket of grapes from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Closeup of a tombstone showing a large basket of grapes from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Roman tombstone showing a wealthy merchant (with his money bag?) from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Roman marble tombstone showing a couple from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Roman marble tombstone showing an erote with down turned torch from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Crudely carved sandstone tombstone from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Crudely carved sandstone tombstone with roughly carved Latin inscription from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Enigmatic stele using the Libyan alphabet from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Enigmatic stele using the Libyan alphabet from Chemtou,Tunisia.

Enigmatic stele using Libyan alphabet from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Chart showing correlations between Libyan alphabet, Roman alphabet and Arabic in the Chemtou Museum, Tunisia.

Latin inscription on a rejected large flake of stone from Chemtou, Tunisia.

Reconstruction of the facade of Royal Numidian Monument at Chemtou, Tunisia.

Ruins of the Roman bridge across the Majrada river. It is dated into the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D.

Ruins of the Roman bridge across the Majrada river. It is dated into the 3rd and 4th centuries A.D.

Roman road at Chemtou, Tunisia.

Unexcavated theater at Chemtou, Tunisia.

Unexcavated theater at Chemtou, Tunisia.

Hoard of gold coins being excavated at Chemtou, Tunisia.

Hoard of gold coins in situ at Chemtou, Tunisia.

Hoard of gold coins from Chemtou, Tunisia.
Photographs taken during March 1999

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