The Trinacria Soundings Project (TSP) is an historiographical initiative to collect, study, preserve, promote and disseminate unique and original documents and testimonies from participants of early underwater archaeology research in Sicily. This report presents the results of the first phase of research (2013-2014) that has focused on Honor Frost’s pioneering work at the seminal Punic ship excavation at Marsala in the 1970s.
Archival research was conducted within personal and institutional collections, and first-hand testimonies from participants and contributors of the Punic ship project were recorded to create audiovisual records of local oral histories. Many of these resources have remained until now comparatively difficult to access and regrettably considered less worthy of attention by local academic institutions. The emerging picture illustrates the socio cultural, technical and scientific contexts within which Frost was able to carry out her experimental investigations of the unique military vessel. It also sheds light on the often challenging and complex political environment within which she worked and the vicissitudes of carrying her project to completion.