The waiting for the reopening of the archaeological parks in Sicily. In the meantime, excavations continue in different areas of the island “to discover more and more about the ancient civilizations that inhabited Sicily”.
“The research of our history and of the testimonies of the past – underlines the councilor of Cultural Heritage and Sicilian Identity, Alberto Samonà – is an activity that has the taste of contemporaneity, because it allows us to offer the world a more aware Sicily of itself “.
But here’s where the excavations are taking place, province by province.
AGRIGENTO. Here the archaeologists of the park of the Valley of the Temples have started the new excavation site to bring to light the Hellenistic theater discovered in 2016. In addition, the Scuola Normale of Pisa has returned to study the temple “D” and the buildings of the hill of the temples .
Research at the temple of Juno will also resume shortly.
Numerous excavation activities are also planned in the sites of the Platani Valley. In the municipality of Santa Elisabetta, excavations are planned at the sites of Monte Cheli and Monte Guastanella.
CALTANISSETTA. Here the excavations that have led, to Vallelunga Pratameno, to the discovery of an important Roman rural villa of the first century AD, probably a farm, go on. In Gela, on the other hand, in via Di Bartolo, works are underway to museum the Greek necropolis. Finally, we investigate the area of Vassallaggi, a prehistoric site of the Bronze Age in the territory of San Cataldo.
CATANIA. The works for the arrangement and excavation of the Roman amphitheater in piazza Stesicoro and the excavations of “le necropoli” in via Androne are in the starting phase. In Caltagirone work is being done on the enhancement of the Colle Sant’Ippolito archaeological area. Furthermore, in Ramacca the archaeological area of Castellito “La Domus” is investigated.
Ongoing exhibitions with archaeological finds instead found in Santa Maria di Licodia.
ENNA. The archaeological park of Morgantina and the Villa Romana del Casale are involved in excavations and research. A large recovery project for the Roman Villa of Gerace is also planned. In an area of the territory of Centuripe, on the other hand, an activity is being planned for the resumption of archaeological investigations of the territory.
MESSINA. Investigation works are underway on the larger Hellenistic-Roman necropolis of the Orti della Maddalena dating back to the 2nd century BC
In Halaesa, the legendary Sicilian-Greek city located in the territory of Tusa, investigations are about to resume to better identify the theater.
At the park of Tindari, on the other hand, an agreement has been set up with the French University of Amiens. Work also continues on the Villa San Pancrazio in Taormina where three Domus from the imperial age and an archaic wall have already been found.
As for the Aeolian Islands, new archaeological investigations will be carried out in the prehistoric village of Capo Graziano to bring to light other artifacts.
In Stromboli, in the prehistoric village in the San Vincenzo district, several excavations have brought to light the remains of structures from the Bronze Age and the Middle Ages.
At the Castle of Lipari, investigations are underway to highlight the prehistoric stratigraphy.
PALERMO. There are many excavation sites in the city and province. In the archaeological park of Himera, Solunto and Monte Iato, a new season of research has started in the three archaeological sites.
Just in Solunto, for some days students and doctoral students of the University have been studying important aspects of the Archaic-Classical settlement of the Hellenistic-Roman city.
In Palermo, the restoration and redevelopment project continues in the Palazzo dell ‘Uscibene while the archaeological investigations continue on the site of the Cuba Soprana with the project “Almunias medievales en el Mediterraneo …”.
In San Giovanni degli Eremiti an archaeological excavation is underway which also provides for the arrangement of the paths while in the area of the Carlo Alberto Dalla Chiesa barracks.
At the Royal Palace there are preventive excavations within the “Courtyard of the fountain” project and at Parliament Square preventive tests and archaeological surveillance are being carried out.
Further excavations are also underway in the church of San Giovanni dei Lebbrosi.
In Caltavuturo, in a stretch of the Via Catina-Thermae, a Roman road from the II-III century AD was discovered
In Villagrazia di Carini some catacombs are being restored.
In Carini, in the San Nicola district, excavations are made in the area of the late ancient settlement corresponding to the Roman and medieval Hyccara.
In Petralia Soprana, in the area of the Roman villa of Santa Marina, an excavation is underway which aims to delimit the plan of the villa.
In Altavilla Milicia one digs into the church of Santa Maria di Campogrosso known as la Chiesazza.
In Castronovo di Sicilia, the only Byzantine fortification in western Sicily was found on Mount Kassar.
Searches also in the municipalities of Alia, Montemaggiore Belsito and Sclafani Bagni.
In Gratteri archaeological investigations are being carried out in the Norman Abbey of San Giorgio.
In Cefalù the excavation carried out in the churchyard of the Cathedral has brought to light burials and contemporary structures.
In Partinico archaeological reconnaissance is being carried out in the Sirignano district.
In Sciara, the archaeological excavation has brought to light two possible tanks from the Middle Ages.
An excavation in the archaeological area of Monte Alburchia is underway in Gangi. In Collesano soon excavations inside the castle of Norman origin, while in Ustica investigations continue after the discovery, in the Cardoni plain, of a Neolithic village.
RAGUSA. An archaeological mission of the University of Rome Tor Vergata has been active for two years in the archaeological park of Kamarina.
SYRACUSE. The excavation sites of theEcole francaise of Rome with the CNR of Palermo.
DRILLS. From the westernmost tip of Sicily, the archaeological park of Segesta is the forerunner, which has brought to light the monumental entrance to the Agora.
In Marsala, however, work is being done on the Punic necropolis that emerged during the excavations for the construction of the sewer system.
In Mozia, excavations are underway that have affected the area of the “archaic necropolis” already identified and partially excavated.
In Pantelleria achieved important results in the area of the acropolis. Among the new discoveries we note the discovery of the Andy of the small amphitheater and fortifications.
In Selinunte we return to dig in the temple “R” with the staff of the New York University.
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