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Ancient Roman villa undergoes excavation in Sicily

Portions of a Roman villa found on the island of Sicily are offering new insights into daily life in the region 2,000 years ago. According to the university, the new walls and floor levels, staircase and water channel found in the structure has helped the researchers conclude that it was “consistently

Stonehenge-style monolith found off Sicilian coast

Drivers swimming off the coast of Sicily have discovered a 15-ton stone monolith estimated to have been made over 10,000 years ago. The monolith was found at a depth of 131 feet, on what was once an island in the Sicilian Channel. Called Pantelleria Vecchia Bank, the island was located some

Ancient anchors found off Sicilian island

More than 30 anchors dating back to the First Punic War, which took place over 2,000 years ago, have been found in the waters off the Sicilian island of Pantelleria. According to Leonardo Abelli, an archaeologist from the University of Sassari, the anchors are startling evidence of the Romans’ and Carthaginians’

Ancient temple to Demeter unearthed in Sicily

An ancient temple dedicated to Demeter, which dates back to 570 B.C., has been found at the ancient site of Selinunte in Sicily. These findings are critically important in helping archeologists to date the temple where they were found, to around the 6th century BC - possibly the oldest in the

Russian billionaire looks to buy Valley of the Temples

A Russian billionaire is looking to buy the ruins of Sicily's Valley of the Temples, a UNESCO world heritage site. “It’s not for sale”, said Marco Zambuto, the Mayor of Agrigento, a small town on the south coast of Sicily where the temples’ ruins sit. “Not even for 40 billion,” (which analysts

Sunken treasure found off coast of Siciliy

Nearly 3,500 ancient coins have been found off the coast of the Sicilian island of Pantelleria. Lying at depth of about 68 feet, the coins most likely represent an episode of the Romans and Carthaginians struggle. Amazingly, all 3,422 coins feature the same iconography. On one side, they show Kore/Tanit, the ancient goddess

Soldier’s frontline diary from WWII found in loft

A diary belonging to a WWII British army corporal who took part in the Allied invasion of Sicily has been found in a loft. In his diary, Mr Gillespie describes the death of two young soldiers who were killed as they raised their heads above a parapet. On returning to base later