Ghirza was an ancient Berber community. The tombs are located in about 250 kilometres south-south-east of Tripoli. The town was later occupied by the Roman emperor Septimius Severus invasions of Libya.
Its archaeological remains include at least eighteen fortified farmhouses, with wells and cisterns to catch rain water, and many more smaller buildings nearby, the remains of a standard Berber olive-press, cemeteries and temples. The farmhouses are two- or three-storey buildings, built of rubble core and mud, and enclosing, like typical Libyan houses, an open courtyard.