A Mycenaean tholos in Messina coastal plain, Sicily

During recent decades, the intense research in the field, realized by the Messina Cultural and Environmental Heritage Survey with the collaboration of some researchers of the Messina University, has provided the occasion to integrate archaeological, stratigraphic, and palaeoenvironmental data useful for reconstructing the geological framework of the coastal plain underlying the urban area of Messina and of its natural seaport. Continue reading “A Mycenaean tholos in Messina coastal plain, Sicily”

Romans vs Carthaginians; the end of the war for the possession of Sicily

But Fortune, however, like a good umpire, unexpectedly shifted the scene and changed the nature of the contest, confining both in a narrower field, where the struggle grew even more desperate. The Romans, as I said, had garrisons at Eryx on the summit of the mountain and at the foot. Hamilcar now seized the town which lies between (244 B.C.) the summit and the spot at the foot where the garrison was. Continue reading “Romans vs Carthaginians; the end of the war for the possession of Sicily”

Admixture layers in Sicily and Southern Italy trace multiple migration routes along the Mediterranean – The ‘Mediterranean genetic continuum’

The Mediterranean Sea has represented one of the most important crossroads in human history, acting both as a barrier and a bridge between three continents and multiple human groups characterized by different genetic and cultural backgrounds. Continue reading “Admixture layers in Sicily and Southern Italy trace multiple migration routes along the Mediterranean – The ‘Mediterranean genetic continuum’”

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