Sicily

This page contains information about current and recently completed projects in Sicily supported by the Foundation, these can also be viewed on the Interactive Map

Current and Recent Projects undertaken in Sicily:

3D Documentation of the Marsala Punic Ship: Digital Conservation and Archiving

3D Documentation of the Marsala Punic Ship: Digital Conservation and Archiving – ongoing Mateusz Polakowski In 1971 Honor Frost gathered an international team of archaeologists, engineers, and divers to begin the excavation of two ancient wooden ships discovered by David Singmaster in early August 1971 during a line search. After five years of pioneering work …

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Documenting Marzamemi’s Mattanza Heritage

Documenting Marzamemi’s Mattanza Heritage – 2019 Dr Justin Leidwanger SummaryOur project initiated documentation and valorization of the material and oral historical records of the most important traditional fishing practice of southeast Sicily, the mattanza. This communal tuna harvest has been a key feature of local culture, with roots tracing back centuries if not millennia. Yet …

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The Construction and Preservation of the Egadi Island Warships

The Construction and Preservation of the Egadi Island Warships – ongoing Dr Peter Campbell From 2005-2018, the Egadi Islands Survey Project has mapped the only ancient naval battle that has been discovered. Over the past 13 years, 19 warship rams have been discovered and 11 have been raised. The seafloor of western Sicily is not conducive …

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Visiting and recording the sculptures from underwater deposits in the museums of Sicily

Visiting and recording the sculptures from underwater deposits in the museums of Sicily – 2019 Katerina Velentza From the 2nd to the 6th of May 2019 a research trip funded by the Honor Frost Foundation took place in Sicily with the aim to record ancient sculptural artefacts that have been recovered from underwater deposits. This …

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Previous Projects undertaken in Sicily:

Trinacria Soundings Project – Dr Elena Flavia Castagnino Berlinghieri and Dr Claire Calcagno – 2013

Archaeological Excavation of the so-called “Kothon” at Motya – Prof. Lorenzo Nigro – 2013

Archaeological Survey of the Seabed around a Punic Island – Dr Stefano Zangara – 2013

Digitally Recording a Submerged Naval Battlefield from First Punic War – Dr Jon Henderson – 2013

The marble routes: Isola delle Correnti Roman shipwreck Project – Dr Carlo Beltrame – 2015

Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project Maritime Archaeology – Dr Justin Leidwanger – 2015

The marble routes: Capo Taormina shipwreck project – Dr Carlo Beltrame – 2017 –

Marsala’s Shipwrecks Project – Prof. Fabiola Ardizzone – Report – 2017