The Day of Archaeology in the MEMOLA study area of Monti di Trapani (Sicily-Italy)
The University of Granada, The University of Sheffield and Arqueoandalusí Arquelogía y Patrimonio S.L are currently working in the excavation of Pizzo Monaco (Custonaci, Trapani). The University of Palermo is involved with soil sampling for pedological analysis, while the Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma-CSIC is working with the flotation of stratigraphic soils taken at various occupation levels defined during the excavation. A number of international students, coming mostly from Spain and Italy are participating in the excavation.
The first excavation of the MEMOLA project at the site of Pizzo Monaco took place in October and November of 2014 and was authorized by the Soprintendenza ai Beni Culturali e Ambientali di Trapani. During this activity we excavated four cells and the main entrance of a fortified structure, identified as a possible collective granary from Islamic times (10th?-11th centuries). After the results of archaeological excavation and archaeobotanical and environmental analysis, the site was interpreted as a possible collective fortified granary (aghadir) dated in the Islamic period (10th?-11th century).