Rome La Sapienza University Expedition to Motya revealed a major temple, within a monumental Circular Temenos (a circle of 118 m of diameter) nearby the rectangular basin (36.7 x 51.9 m) called Kothon and previously thought to be a docking device. The latter proved to be strictly connected with the temple itself. For the sake of its interpretation it would be, thus, necessary to empty it, removing the layers of dump and collapsed material inside it.
A comparison for the basin is represented by the sacred pool of the Phoenician sanctuary in Amrith, northern Syria, which was in use in the same period of the Kothon at Motya (6th century BC). Works are carried on thanks to an agreement with the local Regional Superintendence of Trapani (2012-2017).