Deirdre Fulton is an associate professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at Baylor University. She specializes in animal bone archaeology and has worked at a number of sites, including Ashkelon, Ramat Rahel, Tel Megiddo, East, and Tel Shimron.
Spring Bible & Archaeology Fest 2022, April 2 – 3, 2022
Animal Offerings at the Carthage Tophet
The Carthage Tophet, also called the “Precinct of Tanit,” was a space believed to be dedicated to the goddess Tanit and her consort Baal-Hamon dated from the eighth to second centuries B.C.E. A number of human and animal remains were uncovered by the ASOR Punic Project excavations in the 1970s. Partial or whole sheep carcasses and some birds were found in a number of the excavated urns, overwhelmingly deposited as wholeburnt offerings. This presentation will discuss these animal offerings, providing an overview of the sacrificial practices that went on at the Carthage Tophet.