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Ghirza: Mausoleum South-F


Ghirza, mausoleum F of the southern necropole. Museum of Bani Walid (Libya). Photo Jona Lendering. Ghirza: Roman town in Libya, one of the main archaeological sites of the country.                  
General North-A South A Gh 82
North-B South C
North-C South F
North D-G South G
South NN
     
The cemetery recorded as Gh128 in Graeme Barker e.a., Farming the Desert. The UNESCO Libyan Valleys Archaeological Survey (1996) is better known as Ghirza's South Cemetery. It is less well-preserved than the northern cemetery. Mausoleum-A and Mausoleum-NN are best preserved; of the other mausoleums, only the foundations have survived.
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Ghirza, mausoleum F of the southern necropole. Museum of Bani Walid (Libya). Photo Jona Lendering.
However, several mausoleums have been transported to museums. Mausoleum F, for example, is now in Bani Walid. The shape of a tetrapylon resembles that of mausoleum F (in Tripoli).

The spandrels are decorated with sun flowers and fish. It may seem strange to find pictures of fishes in the desert, because they can not have lived in the wadis. However, even in small desert lakes, little fishes can be found, although the ones represented here appear to be larger than those.
Ghirza, mausoleum F of the southern necropole. Museum of Bani Walid (Libya). Photo Jona Lendering.
General North-A South A Gh 82
North-B South C
North-C South F
North D-G South G
South NN
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