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Selinunte Lecture - New Discoveries
While the pandemic saw continued disruptions to archaeological fieldwork in summer 2021, a small on-site team, supported by a robust virtual team, still made significant strides in our understanding of the main urban sanctuary of the ancient Sicilian Greek colony of Selinunte. At Selinunte, a trench excavated to the northeast of Temple R, the city’s oldest monumental stone temple, discovered new evidence for the sacred structure’s earliest phases. A complex ritual deposit was found in close association that has important implications for understanding ancient Greek construction ritual. Chance discoveries included a fragment of a marble kouros, deepening our knowledge of Archaic Greek sculpture in Sicily.

Thanks to the remote participation of students from the Institute of Fine Arts, the season also saw new analyses of the excavation’s past discoveries, with new implications for how we understand the feasting and other ritual activity that enlivened this urban sanctuary.

Mar 21, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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