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Day of Archaeology in Pizzo Monaco

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).

The University of Granada, The University of Sheffield and Arqueoandalusí Arquelogía y Patrimonio S.L are currently working in the excavation.

The University of Granada, The University of Sheffield and Arqueoandalusí Arquelogía y Patrimonio S.L are currently working in the excavation.

The flotation of stratigraphic soils taken at various occupation levels defined during the excavation

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.

A number of international students, coming mostly from Spain and Italy are participating in the excavation.

University of Padova working on historical maps, aerial photography and LIDAR

University of Padova team, partner of MEMOLA project, working on historical maps, aerial photography and LIDAR to rebuild the historical landscape of the Colli Euganei hills (Italy) in a GIS platform.

In this GIS platform they upload the information from different archaeological fieldwork like the Hydraulic survey back in February, that allowed them to locate numerous water mills and analyse their architectural features. All this information is used to understand the evolution of the Colli Euganei Cultural Landscape.

University of Padova team working on historical maps, aerial photography and LIDAR

University of Padova team working on historical maps, aerial photography and LIDAR

Water mill of Colli Euganei (Italy)

Water mill of Colli Euganei (Italy)

CeRPHAAL team mapping and analyzing traditional hydraulic systems

CeRPHAAL team, partner of MEMOLA project, working with the mapping and analyzing of the traditional hydraulic systems recorded during the field survey of May- June undertaken in the territory of the Upper Vjosa Valley, where are included the irrigation channels, water-powered mills, reservoirs, water pumping stations, etc. At the same time, we are evaluating the historic and current land use and parcelization based on field and historical data.

CeRPHAAL team working with the mapping and analyzing of the traditional hydraulic systems.

CeRPHAAL team working with the mapping and analyzing of the traditional hydraulic systems.

CeRPHAAL team studying the traditional irrigation systems of Upper Vjosa Valley

CeRPHAAL team studying the traditional irrigation systems of Upper Vjosa Valley