IDA & Oxford University Sicily Workshop
“Trinity College, Oxford University is very pleased to host students on the forthcoming certificate program of the Institute for Digital Archaeology in partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation. This program is a highly innovative approach to the study of Classics and Archaeology.” - Sir Ivor Roberts, KCMG, President, Trinity College, Oxford University.
IDA & Oxford University Sicily Workshop
This workshop will explore the archaeology of Sicily between the Bronze Age and the Norman conquest using state-of-the art digital imaging technology. Participants travel to Oxford where they will reside at Trinity College, one of Oxford's most beautiful constituent colleges. There they will work with Oxford University faculty and IDA staff developing the technical skills, language proficiency and historical perspectives necessary to make the most of the field work in Sicily that will occur during the final week of the program. The fieldwork will focus on the multi-cultural history of Sicily as a meeting place of Eastern and Western influences and as a center for trade in material goods and ideas. While in Sicily, students will participate in workshops in digital imaging technology, including especially RTI, and will have the chance to develop their own image portfolios at both the Aidone Museum and in the Catania Amphitheater. All imaging equipment will be supplied by the IDA. Students do not need to bring any special materials. In Sicily, the daily workshops will be supplemented by lectures covering the main historical and archaeological features of the various sites visited.
Basic Introductory Reading
Finley, M. I., Mack, D., Smith, C. J., Duggan, H. 1986. A History of Sicily. London: Chatto & Windus.
Boardman, J. 1973. The Greeks Overseas: the archaeology of their early colonies and trade. London: Penguin.
Burford, A. 1961. ‘Temple Building at Segesta’. The Classical Quarterly 11, vol. 1, pp. 87-93.
Dunabin, T.J. 1968. The Western Greeks: the history of Sicily and South Italy from the Foundation of the Greek Colonies to 480 BC. London: Clarendon Press.
Holloway, R. 1991. The Archaeology of Ancient Sicily. London: Routledge.
Smith, C.J & Serrati, J., 2000. Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus: new approaches in archaeology and history. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Trinity College, Oxford￼
Participants arrive at Trinity College, Oxford University
Students will arrive at Oxford University in time for dinner in Hall at Trinity College, Oxford University. Trinity is one of Oxford University’s most beautiful constituent colleges. Particularly noteworthy are its extensive ornamental gardens and Grade 1 listed Chapel designed by Christopher Wren. The college was founded in 1555 by Sir Thomas Pope, on land previously occupied by Durham College, home to Benedictine monks from Durham Cathedral. Despite its large physical size as compared to Oxford’s other colleges, it is relatively small in terms of student numbers at approximately 400.
Trinity has produced three British prime ministers, placing it joint-second with Balliol College in terms of former students who have held Britain’s highest elected office. Dining in its formal Hall is a memorable experience (program participants will have the option of taking all of their meals in Hall if they wish.
Classes will start each day at 10AM and continue until 4PM with breaks for meals and relaxation. In addition, a number of field trips are planned to local museums, libraries, archaeological sites, the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents and Cambridge University. Students will also be able to take advantage of a rich variety of cultural and athletic opportunities.
Studying in Sicily
Students leave Oxford and depart for Sicily
Sites visited will include
- Palermo, Regional Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas - The museum houses one of the richest collections of Punic and Ancient Greek art in Italy. Named after Antonio Salinas, a numismatist from Palermo, the museum currently displays the University Museum Collection, the Antonio Salinas collection of books and manuscripts, and the Pietro Bonci Casuccini Collection of Etruscan materials.
- Segesta Greek Temple and Theatre - Segesta was one of the major cities of the Elymian people and features in the Aeneid. A mixture of Elymian and Ionian Greek peoples populated the stie, and it became outwardly Hellenized. The city was destroyed by Vandals after a brief period of Roman rule and then reoccupied by a Muslim community during the Norman period. Students will explore the well-preserved Doric temple and walk across to the actual settlement, in which the Greek theatre sits largely intact.
- Marsala Roman Villa and Punic Museum - Regional Museum Baglio Anselmi houses the archaeological park of Lilybaeum and the Marala Punic Warship. The ship is an exceptionally preserved wreck which sank when new and has been recovered and reassembled at the museum. Marsala Roman Villa sits within the archaeological park of Lilybaeum, and features beautiful floor mosaics, most notably a mosaic depicting the head of Medusa.
- The Island of Motya - Motya was an ancient and powerful city on an island off the west coast ofSicily, between Drepanum (modern Trapani) and Lilybaeum (modern Marsala). The island was renamed San Pantaleo in the 11th century byBasilian monks. It lies in the Stagnone Lagoon, and is within the comune of Marsala. The island is nearly 850 metres long and 750 metres wide, and about one km (six stadia) from the mainland of Sicily. It was joined to the mainland in ancient times by an artificial causeway (paved road), by which chariots with large wheels could reach the town.
- Selinunte - Selinunte was an ancient Greek city on the south-western coast of Sicily inItaly. It was situated between the valleys of the Belice and Modione rivers. It now lies in the comune Castelvetrano, between the frazioni of Triscina di Selinunte in the west and Marinella di Selinunte in the east. The archaeological site contains five temples centered on an acropolis. Of the five temples, only the Temple of Hera, also known as "Temple E", has been re-erected. At its peak before 409 BC the city grew to 30,000 people excluding slaves.
- Morgantina - At Morgantina, the students will tour the site with archaeologist Alex Walthall, who currently leads the excavation team at Morgantina. The students will return to the Aidone Museum to conduct RTI on several objects, including jewelry and writing tablets, in groups of 4-5.
- Villa Romana del Casale - The Villa is a UNESCO world heritage site, consisting of multiple buildings whose floors are almost entirely covered by mosaic tiles. he Villa Romana del Casale is a Roman villa built in the first quarter of the 4th century and located about 3 km outside the town of Piazza Armerina, Sicily, southern Italy. It contains the richest, largest and most complex collection of Roman mosaics in the world, and has been designated as one of 49 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Italy.
- Siracusa, Neapolis Archaeological Park - Students will visit the Syracuse Amphitheater as well as the adjoining quarries and the ear of Dionysius. This vast archaeological park contains Siracusa's greatest concentration of ruins. It's divided into three main sections: the latomie (stone quarries), the Greek theater, and the Roman amphitheater. The first two (latomie and Greek theater) are together beyond the main gate. Hold on to your ticket, for upon exiting the Greek