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El Guettar
El Guettar is located in Tunisia
El Guettar
Location in Tunisia
Coordinates: 34°20′14″N 8°57′10″E / 34.33722°N 8.95278°E / 34.33722; 8.95278
Country Flag of Tunisia.svg Tunisia
Governorate Gafsa Governorate
Time zone CET (UTC1)

El Guettar (Arabic: القطار‎) is a town in central Tunisia in Gafsa Governorate. It is traditionally known for its pistachio nuts. The town is located at around 34°20′14″N 8°57′10″E / 34.33722°N 8.95278°E / 34.33722; 8.95278Coordinates: 34°20′14″N 8°57′10″E / 34.33722°N 8.95278°E / 34.33722; 8.95278.

It was the site of a major World War II battle between American forces under George S. Patton, and the German Afrika Korps of Erwin Rommel in early 1943.

In the Fifties, archaeologists found a crown of balls, 4000 silex, mammal's teeth and bones of animals laid out near a dried up watering is old 40 000 years. Testimony of devotion with regard to a spirit of the waters, source of any life, it constitutes the oldest religious "building" known in the world (Hermaïon of El Guettar)[citation needed]



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