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  • Industrial Quarter in the Gorgo Cotone Valley
  • Selinunte
  • Selinous
  • Italy
  • Sicily
  • Province of Trapani
  • Castelvetrano



  • The Italian Database is the result of a collaboration between:

    MIBAC (Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali - Direzione Generale per i Beni Archeologici),

    ICCD (Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo e la Documentazione) and

    AIAC (Associazione Internazionale di Archeologia Classica).

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Summary (English)

  • Between 2010 and 2014 the project has investigated sections of a huge industrial quarter situated along the eastern rim of the city of Selinus, previously discovered by geophysical prospection.

    In the course of the excavations, the city wall with a water drain, the street next to the wall, the street S16-E and a large open space at the crossroad of these as well as parts of the north adjoining insula were uncovered. The insula is constructed on four terraces with a maximum surface of more than 1200 m². Seven kilns of rectangular and circular shape in particular verify the production of very different ceramic goods, from roof tiles to fine wares. The largest of the kilns has a diameter of 5,30 m.

    On the lower terrace, in the south-eastern part of the insula, next to four of these kilns, a roofed room featuring a roof-tile pavement was uncovered. Evidence of a small domestic sanctuary and typical workshop equipment were found in this room. Adjacent, on the second terrace, there is a large open space / courtyard.

    The third terrace is again covered by a working area and kilns, whereas the upper fourth terrace consists of a storage (?) building. The structures can be identified as one large potter’s workshop complex dating to the middle of the sixth century BC, renewed during the fifth century and destroyed by the Carthaginians in 409 BC.

  • Martin Bentz - Università di Bonn 
  • Jon Albers- University of Bonn  
  • Andreas Bethke- University of Bonn  


  • Martin Bentz- University of Bonn


  • Axel Miß- University of Bonn
  • Gabriel Zuchtriegel-Università di Matera
  • Valentina Garaffa- University of Bonn
  • Filippo Pisciotta - Università di Palermo
  • Jan Marius Müller-University of Bonn
  • Linda Adorno- University of Bonn

Research Body

  • German Archaeological Institute Rome
  • University of Bonn

Funding Body

  • Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
  • Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Rom
  • Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn


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