THE MARITIME INSTALLATION OF THARROS (
In 1984 there were no traces found of port constructions which could do justice to the commercial and naval needs of the city. Several suggestions were done such as: 1) a drastic sea level change, 2) a natural harbour or 3) location of a harbour to the SE of Giovanni di Sinis. All those suggestions could not be proved. Finally in 1985 a premature solution was found. Special attention was directed to a “sea wall” which was explored offshore from the SE slopes of the Tophet Hill. This structure proved to be over 120 m in length and, at several points, up to 9 m in width. The wall was made of rectangular shaped blocks, measuring on the average 20 x 30 x 60 cm. A deeper stratum of stones was found underneath the first. It consisted of rectangular blocks measuring about 120 x 50 cm.
The “sea wall” runs parallel to the coastline for over 120 meters and turns at both ends on a slight angle towards the shore. Such a structure could have functioned as a breakwater enclosing a body of water to form a protected harbour.
See: RSF XV 1987, E.Linder,