Ateles ater

Bir el-Ater

Bir el Ater (Arabic:بئر العاتر) is a city of approximately 80 000 inhabitants located in extream eastern Algeria a little towards the south, near the tunisian borders and just before the sahara, about 87 kilometers south of Tébessa.

Bir El Ater is the cradle of the Aterian civilization (the term aterien derives from el-Ater ) which was around 40000 - 20000 years BC. It's also a mining city, 15 km south of Bir El-Ater, there is Djebel Onk phospates complex which is the biggest in Algeria to extract phosphates that will be shipped by train to Annaba port (300km up north) to be exported or used in the local industry.

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