The ancient tomb of an Amazigh king

Imedghacen, an ancient Amazigh tomb located in Algeria, stands as a testament to the rich and diverse history of the Maghreb. The site, located near the city of Batna, is one of the most significant pre-Islamic monuments in the region, and it has been a source of fascination for archaeologists, historians, and tourists alike.

The mausoleum, the oldest in the Maghreb, is surrounded by sixty columns and has a diameter of 59 meters. The tomb of Imedghacen is a massive stone structure that stands over 18 meters tall and is adorned with intricate carvings and decorations. A radiocarbon date suggests that this monument was made for an unknown Numidian king who lived in the fourth century BCE.

The Numidians were the ancient Amazigh people who inhabited the Maghreb, and they left behind many impressive monuments, including the famous Roman-era city of Timgad.

Despite its age and significance, the tomb of Imedghacen is still relatively unknown outside of Algeria. However, efforts are underway to promote the site and raise awareness of its historical and cultural value.

The name Imadghassen is clearly from Tamazight. It is a plural of the word “Amadghas” or “Madghis”. It possibly refers to the tribe of the king or king “Madghis” himself.