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  • Contrada Castro
  • Contrada Castro
  • Italy
  • Sicily
  • Province of Palermo
  • Campofiorito



  • 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)

  • The “Harvesting Memories” project aims to address diachronic change in landscape and settlement patterns during the long-term in the area of Sicani Mountains in Central-West Sicily (Italy). This area is a sort of palimpsest of Mediterranean inland areas characterized by a long-term occupation of low-lying lands suitable for agriculture and hills for pastoral activities. The fieldwork survey confirmed this intensity of human presence across the time with site dating back to Middle Copper Age/Eneolithic, Bronze Age, Classical period, Middle Ages and Late Modern age. The dynamics of population of this inner area are well documented in the archaeological sequence of the hill-top site of Contrada Castro. Recent excavation (spring 2017) showed dry-stone structures related to Islamic and Norman period (9th-12th c. AD), a Byzantine infant burial (7th-8th c. AD) and evidence (layer of morphology regularization and pottery) connected to an Archaic indigenous settlement (6th-5th c. BC). The investigation of this new rural site research provided relevant insights of longue durée patterns in hilltop settlements of Sicily between Antiquity and Middle Ages.

  • Angelo Castrorao Barba - Università degli Studi di Palermo 


  • Stefano Vassallo- Soprintendenza BB.CC.AA. di Palermo


  • Antonio Rotolo -
  • Carla Aleo Nero - Soprintendenza BB.CC.AA. di Palermo
  • Filippo Pisciotta - Università di Palermo
  • Pasquale Marino - Bona Furtuna LLC
  • Roberto Miccichè - Università di Palermo
  • Giuseppe Bazan - Università degli Studi di Palermo

Research Body

  • Soprintendenza BB.CC.AA. di Palermo, Università degli Studi di Palermo

Funding Body

  • Bona Furtuna LLC


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