IFA Excavations at Selinunte

Selinunte is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Greek period in Italy. The city was famous throughout the Classical world for the richness of its farmland and its monumental temples. It enjoyed a prosperous existence from the second half of the seventh century BCE through the middle of the third century BCE, and its sanctuaries, temples, fortifications, and houses are remarkably well preserved. The excavations document the social history as well as the architectural and visual culture of an ancient city in unusually fine detail.

In 2006, the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University began a new excavation on the Akropolis, under the direction of Professor Clemente Marconi and in collaboration with the Soprintendenza BB.CC.AA. of Trapani. The current project focuses on the architectural and archaeological investigation of the main urban sanctuary, and involves a series of targeted new excavations.

During the first three years of operation, our investigations have focused on Temple B and the neighboring area of the main urban sanctuary. This area is delimited to the west by the so-called Megaron, to the north by Temple C, to the south by the South Building and the peribolos wall, and to the east, by the altar in front of Temple B and one of the main entrances to the sanctuary. Because this is one of the most sensitive and important areas of the ancient site, our operations are considerably expanding our knowledge of the history of Selinunte, from Prehistory to the Hellenistic period.

SPONSORS

The Selinunte excavations are sponsored by the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University, with invaluable support from private individuals, the Kress Foundation, and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation. We are very grateful to all our loyal supporters for their generosity.

PUBLICATIONS

Marconi, C. "Il tempio B di Selinunte: Hittorff, Serradifalco e la disputa sulla policromia dell'architettura greca nell'Ottocento." In Sicilia Antiqua 4: 59-91. 2008.
Marconi, C. Temple Decoration and Cultural Identity in the Archaic Greek World: The Metopes of Selinus. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007.