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A Tophet Outside Carthage

Carthage and Ancient Child Sacrifice

Feb. 17, 2014

by Joel Elowsky

Carthage was one of the ancient centers of early African Christianity. Carthage was also a city in desperate need of Christian witness to its pagan practices. The suggestion by some of Carthage's enemies that Carthage practiced child sacrifice has been studied recently by archaeologists looking into Carthaginian practices. The evidence seems conclusive that they did, or at least the elite of Carthaginian society, did practice child sacrifice. For the full story, see the article by Maev Kennedy in The Guardian.