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|LIBFISH FIELD DOCUMENTS, No. 11|
AQUACULTURE COMPONENT ACTIVITIES: FINAL REPORTBased on the work of:
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS
Cover Photograph: ‘SEA FISHERS’ *
|This mosaic, dating back some 1800 years, is now exhibited at the Jamahiriya Museum of Tripoli. Although fish and marine life motifs are common in the Libyan archeological record, realistic sea fishing scenes such as the one depicted here are quite rare as mosaic subjects, which more often express mythological themes. The ‘Sea Fishers’ piece, measuring 1.25 by 3.80 m overall, originates from the site of an ancient country villa near Leptis, close to the modern town of El Khoms. Such villas were constructed by owners of estates along the coast in the vicinity of major urban centres like Leptis, Oea, and Sabratha. They were usually quite elaborate establishments that included both complexes and water reservoirs and, often, defensive walls and ditches as well. The residence that yielded this mosaic is known as the ‘Villa of the Nile,’ since the floors of two of its rooms were decorated with scenes from the River Nile. A third room was decorated with the ‘Sea Fishers’ mosaic. It is fashioned according to the Alexandrian technique that spread from the Nile delta to the rest of North Africa from about 2000 to 1600 years ago. ‘Sea Fishers’ was assembled entirely from locally obtained stone material. Around two-thirds of the whole mosaic is shown here. Sections of the remaining left side of the panel are missing and have been patched over. ‘Villa of the Nile’ was discovered accidently by local farmers working in fields midway between the Leptis Port and the Amphitheatre in 1916. It was subsequently excavated by a team of archaeologists between 1923 and 1930.|
Dr. Giuma Anag|
Technical Advisor, Department of Antiquities & Director, The Jamahiriya Museum
* Mosaic panel. Jamahiriya Museum Catalogue No. 416; reproduced by kind permission of the Jamahiriya Museum, Department of Antiquites, Tripoli (Photograph by M. Lamboeuf, October 1994.)
LIBFISH publications prepared thus far appear as Technical Briefing Notes (TBN) and Field Documents (FD). The TBN series consists mostly of preliminary communications about ongoing or recently completed work undertaken through the various Project components, whereas the FD series is intended for more comprehensive reports and compilations of work in advanced stages or already finalised.
This eleventh number in the FD series records the Final Report for the Aquaculture (Aqua) component of the Project, based on the work of Mr. F. Vallet (FAO Sn. Aquaculture Advisor) and members of the Aqua Working Group. The contributions of all those who took an active part in the group's work are gratefully acknowledged.
The original version of this report (first drafted February 1995; edited August 1995, and issued as final draft Dec. 1995) is written in English. Interpretations and/or translations into other languages should be verified against the original.
-- J.Eric Reynolds
|This report was prepared during the course of the project identified on the title page. The conclusions and recommendations given in the report are those considered appropriate at the time of its preparation. They may be modified in the light of farther knowledge gained at subsequent stages of the project.|
|The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this document do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the United Nations or the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations concerning the legal or constitutional status of any country, territory or sea area, or concerning the delimitation of frontiers.|
For bibliographic purposes this document should be cited as follows:
Vallet, F.1995 ‘Aquaculture component activities: Final Report.’ Tripoli/Rome, FAO. 10p. FI: DP/LIB/88/009 - FI: GCP/LIB/021/IsDB, Field Document 11 (En).
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AQUACULTURE COMPONENT ACTIVITIES: FINAL REPORT
ANNEX 1 AQUACULTURE COMPONENT DOCUMENTS, 1992–95