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Solemn Mystery
Photograph by Robert Clark

Carved stone memorials, repositioned in modern times, once marked the burials of children's cremated remains in the Phoenician colony of Carthage in modern-day Tunisia. Now known as a tophet, this kind of burial ground has been excavated at other colonies in North Africa as well as in Sicily and Sardinia. Many experts believe it was a sanctuary where children—and sometimes animals—were ritually sacrificed. Others say it was a cemetery meant to honor those who died young.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS-1V
Film Type: Fuji Provia 100f
Lens: 16-35 mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: Afternoon
Lighting Techniques: Use of strobe to show the depth of the tophet by isolating the carving on the headstone


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