The Perceivable City. A Study on the Multisensory Perception of Selinous’ Urbanscape

Felsraumensemble auf der Akropolis von PergeThe project aims to study the changes in the urbanscape and in urban perception of Selinous between the Classical and First Hellenistic times. Selinous, one of the biggest and richest Greek colonies in the Mediterranean, has represented, since its foundation around the third quarter of the 7th century BC, a border between at least three different “cultural landscapes”: the Greek Sicily, the Phoenician-Punic cities and the indigenous settlements.

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Stipendium Juni-August 2020 vom Collegium Philosophicum der CAU

Funerary practices and society in Phoenician and Punic Sicily

The scholarship finances the preparation and writing of a three-year research project on funerary practices and society in Phoenician and Punic Sicily (8th – 5th century BC).

Solutions and responses to death are socially constitutive and social groups convey through graves and funerary practices a regulated image of themselves. Therefore, the analytical approach to funerary contexts, together with data from different archives allow to get knowledge on the ways of creating, perceiving, negotiating and representing identities and social structures within a given society.

The comparative study of the cemeteries  will allow to have insight into the Phoenician funerary culture of Sicily and its changes through time and space. Archaeometric analyses of selected contexts will complement the archaeological part of the work. Social practice and agency theories will provide a useful theoretical framework for data interpretation.