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PEF AGM & HONOR FROST MEMORIAL LECTURE: Motya and the Routes to Roots. Phoenicians Back and Forth across Mediterranean

Lorenzo Nigro, La Sapienza University, Rome


PEF FREE LECTURE SERIES 2016

AGM & HONOR FROST MEMORIAL LECTURE

IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BRITISH MUSEUM DEPARTMENT OF MIDDLE EAST

 4pm, 9th June  2016, following PEF AGM at 3.15pm

BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum.

To book, contact the British Museum Box Office:  020 7323 8181 or www.britishmuseum.org   and go to the 'What's On' option at the top of the BM homepage. Then choose the 'Events Calendar'  and scroll down the page to see events listed by date and time.

To find out more about Honor Frost and her legacy visit  www.honorfrostfoundation.org


Image courtesy of Lorenzo Nigro

Aerial view of Motya, courtesy of Lorenzo Nigro

 

Poster June 9th AGM 2016.pdf


Summary

Motya, an island situated at the centre of Mediterranean, was a major Phoencian colony and a strategic crossing of searoutes telling us the ancient history of the East coming to the West.
Following the work of the British archaeologists J. Whitaker and B. Isserlin, fourteen seasons of excavations at Motya (2002-2015) by Sapienza University of Rome, have revealed traces of the earliest Levantine and Phoenician habitation of the central Mediterranean, shedding light on the formative phase of Phoenician expansion to the West. The discovery of Building C8 and of a series of wells in the earliest settlement, matched with other recent finds in the Homeland (Tyre, Sidon), the Iberian Peninsula (Cadiz), North Africa (Utica, Carthage) and Sardinia (Sulky) have significantly transformed the history of the 2nd and 1st millennium BC Mediterranean. Moreover, the uncovering of a huge monumental temple, with its sacred basin and circular precinct has brought a new model of cultural hybridization in ancient Mediterranean. Motya’s monuments and finds may help to disentangle the intricate and deepest roots of our civilization in the 1st millennium BC.

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