The Baths of Antoninus, Carthage. (Wikimedia commons)
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Saber Sessi was working the night shift at a municipality vehicle depot in Carthage, Tunisia, when he signed off on five bulldozers in the early hours of July 9 .Sessi's house and nine other buildings were razed to the ground that night in a government operation to clear illegal homes from the area that used to be a battleground for gladiators in the Roman Empire -- the Circus of Carthage.Today, two-thirds of Carthage -- about 430 square km -- is archaeological land, according to Hayet Bayoudh, the municipality's mayor.Over the years, a number of homes and buildings have gone up without permission.Most of the building on the Circus site -- which was never declassified under Ben Ali -- took place after 2011, in the chaotic period following the revolution, said Moez Achour, a Carthage conservationist with the INP.Out of more than 90 households, only 3 remain on the cisterns site.These original houses in the Mohamed Ali neighborhood are legal, Achour explained.
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