Iles Purpuraires

Iles Purpuraires

Iles Purpuraires are a set of small islands off the western coast of Morocco at the bay located at Essaouira. These islands were settled in antiquity by the Phoenicians, chiefly to exploit certain marine resources and as a promontory fort. (Hogan, 2007) Roman occupation of western Morocco beginning in the 2nd century BC continued the use of the islets, principally for manufacture of a purple dye from certain marine organisms. Neolithic archaeological studies in this area indicate indigenous peoples of western Morocco fished in this locale circa 2000 to 3000 BC. (Trakadas, 2002)


* C.Michael Hogan, "Mogador: promontory fort", The Megalithic Portal, ed. Andy Burnham, Nov. 2, 2007 []
* [ Athena Tradakas, Ancient Marine Resource Exploitation in the Western Mediterranean: the Contribution of the fish salting industry of Mauretania Tingitana (Morocco), Institute of Classical Archaeology, Aarhus University, Denmark]

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