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Altava was located on the Roman road from strategic Theveste at Numerus Syrorum (Magnia).
After the vandal invasion in 429, Altava became the capital of an independent Romano-Berber state.
Between 550 and 578 the city was the capital of independent Berber kingdom Garmul.
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Philippe Sénac et Patrice Cressier : "Histoire du Maghreb médiéval VII - XI ème siècle" Armand Colin. Paris. France. 2012