25 tombs dating to the Punic era discovered in Marsala, Sicily

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About twenty-five tombs dating back to the Punic era have come to light, in Marsala, during excavation work contracted by the City for the laying of new sewerage pipelines in Via Colocasio, near the former emergency room of the old hospital “San Biagio”. Within these stone tombs were also found perfectly intact human skeletons.

25 tombs dating to the Punic era discovered in Marsala, Sicily
One of the discovered tombs [Credit: Giornale di Sicilia]

The work of the municipality, still in progress, is carried out under the supervision of the Superintendence for Cultural Heritage of Trapani, whose director for the Service of Archaeological Heritage, Rossella Giglio, explains: “It is part of the Punic necropolis. Some of these tombs have already been violated over the years during previous excavations for the laying of sewerage, aqueduct, gas or telephone cables. In addition to the skeletons, funerary objects have also come to light.”

“We are following the entire underground route”,  continues Rossella Giglio, “already tampered with in the past by other installations and we find archaeological remains unfortunately damaged by previous excavations, but we also had the opportunity to bring to light the intact tombs. We are working very diligently, in an area adjacent to the ancient sewerage pipe and thanks to this we have been able to find this important archaeological material.”

The finds that have come to light will be brought to the monumental San Pietro Complex and kept in an environment made available by the Municipality to carry out studies and possible restorations.

Editor’s Note

Marsala is an Italian town located in the Province of Trapani in the westernmost part of Sicily. It is built on the ruins of the ancient Carthaginian city of Lilybaeum (“The town that looks at Libya”), and includes in its territory the archaeological site of the island of Motya, an ancient Phoenician town.

Source: Giornale di Sicilia [May 26, 2018]

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