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Lixus Archaelogical Site


The city of Lixus is, according to many ancient authors, one of the first cities in the western Mediterranean.

It is located at the mouth of the Lukkos river, opposite the modern town of Larache.

Excavations undertaken there have shown that the site was occupied from the 8th century BC to the 14th century AD.

The areas excavated included a religious quarter consisting of numerous temples, a pre-Roman and a Roman residential area, an industrial complex of salting factories (one of the most important in the Mediterranean basin) and so on.

The stratigraphy of the site comprises 5 major phases - Phoenician, Punic, Mauritanian, Roman and post-Roman and a final Islamic phase.

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