Project leader: CNR – IBAM (M. Cultraro)
Field director: Clemente Marconi, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
Director of prehistoric pottery studies: Massimo Cultraro
Participating bodies: CNR – IBAM
Site location: Southern sector of the acropolis of Selinunte
Date of activity: 2008 onwards
Brief description: Series of sondages excavated in order to clarify the dating of Temple B. Several patches of a deposit that contained impasto pottery and the remains of wall and floor facings were found below the buildings of archaic and Hellenistic date. The study of these deposits was extremely important because it established the existence of occupation on the acropolis of Selinunte before the founding of the Greek colony in 628 B.C.
The chronological picture is now clear and, following sporadic occupation during the early Bronze Age (2000-1600 B.C.), the southern part of the acropolis, where the imposing temples C and D and other cult buildings would stand, was occupied by a settlement dating to the Late and Final Bronze Age (13th-11th century).
Site typology and date: Settlement dating to the Late and Final Bronze Age (13th-11th century)
Student participants: Yes