It is one of the several obelisk shaped tombs located in Tarhuna’s Plateau .(two of them one close to the other and called Bab esahara are clearly visible from the asphalted road to Beni Walid. Locally called Esnam ( for idols) but also Msellatim , the one taken in photo is at the junction of 3 paths linking Wadi Merdun , wadi Tes, and Faraj aprox 123 from Tripoli Airport . Others important esnam are near Gheriat es Sherghia on the main path to Ghirza but still in Mizda district .
Described since 1904 by De Mathuisieulx, later by Cooper they have all been investigated and studied by Italians and fully reported in Libya Antiqua the specialized collection very expensive and now available only in Rome (Brehsneider ed.). In the last Uk initiative for smuggled artefacts, held by the British Ambassador most of the returned pieces were from that archaeological area.
Once neglected by common tourists its importance is now so relevant that it is possible to travel it out of the macadam roads only with a special permit released from Antiquities Dept which will appoint a guide from one the police station of the quabilat interested, usually Mizda or Dawon. Very easy to get in trouble if found investigating ruins without it as all the area that include almost all Hammada is also well know for the massive presence of hidden military detachments .