Did the people of ancient Carthage practice child sacrifice?
Or do the children’s bones tell a different story?
Inside Tunisia’s Bardo Museum the gallery of Carthage contains the likeness of a pagan god named Baal Hamon. Since the 1st Century AD, Baal and the Carthaginian people have been associated with a dark ritual – the burning of children as sacrifice. In the early 20th Century, in ruins of Carthage, archeologists discovered a small cemetery that contained only the remains of children – all under the age of five. It was here that Jeffrey Schwartz, a young anthropologist, made a discovery that challenged centuries of accepted theory about the Carthaginian people and sparked intense academic debate.
Why is there an entire graveyard in Carthage, devoted only to children? And what makes Jeffrey Schwartz so sure these children did not die in sacrifice?
Tune into Museum Secrets: Inside the Bardo National Museum, Tunisia, to find out.