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Arizona Board of Regents (Tucson, AZ 85721-0001)
Emma C. Blake (Project Director: December 2016 to present)
An Archaeological Field Survey in the Trapani Province of Western Sicily

Field survey and interpretation of finds from the coastal area near Marsala, Italy, in order to investigate cultural interaction with North Africa across the Sicilian Channel over the past 7,000 years. (36 months)

This archaeological field survey in Sicily addresses millennia-long interactions with Tunisia, 90 miles across the Sicilian Channel. The project will include two field seasons of artifact collection and one study season for analysis of survey findings. Results will be presented at conferences, in journals, and as a field report. The Channel is one of the busiest crossings for undocumented migrants entering Europe. Current migrations are the latest manifestations of a history of crossings in both directions. Although scholars of particular historical periods have noted the ties linking Tunisia and western Sicily at moments in history, this story of evolving interactions over millennia has never been told. A collaborative project involving intensive field surveys in the corner of Sicily closest to Tunisia is ideal to investigate this complex story. The proposed project will re-construct and explain the Tunisian presence in Western Sicily over time.

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Project fields:
Archaeology; Classics; Cultural History

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$200,000 (approved)
$199,988 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2022