Megalithic Sites in Sicily: Unknown Wonders with Valentina Molozzu

Megalithic Sites in Sicily: Unknown Wonders with Valentina Molozzu


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Ancient burial structures, strikingly similar all across Europe and the Mediterranean, have puzzled scientists and historians for centuries. Who built them and why? Is one single group of people responsible for launching this type of stone architecture? This seminar intends to answer these fascinating questions.

All over the world and for thousands of years, megaliths have been significant cultural elements, as well as sacred sites and places of power, playing an important role in the development of civilization. In countries in the south of Europe, they are relatively rare, but they are abundant on Mediterranean islands, especially in Sicily.

The seminar will focus on three archaeological areas: the Megalithic Temple of Diana in Cefalù, on the middle of the northern Sicilian coast side and built on top of a rock; the Sesi of Pantelleria, representative of the megalithic sites on a Sicilian minor island; the Argimusco, at the bottom of the Mount Etna, presenting evidence of prehistoric menhir and dolmens.

Led by an art historian and archaeologist, Valentina Molozzu, our conversation aims to highlight the greater value and significance of the megalithic Sicilian sites as tangible places, used in prehistoric times, for intangible meanings, such as religious ceremonies. An almost unknown heritage in Sicily that is definitely worth discovering!

Born in Northern Italy and raised in the South, Valentina Molozzu moved to Sicily in 2013 to follow her project for the enhancement of the cultural heritage in Palermo. She has a Master's Degree in Art History (La Sapienza, University of Rome), and has also studied in Amsterdam, Rhodes, and Berlin. Licensed Tour Guide since 2009 for Sicily, Rome, and the Vatican City, she has taught Art History and Italian Language for foreigners. She is currently a PhD researcher in Archaeology at the University of Durham, England, writing a thesis about Prehistoric heritage management and the Megalithic sites in Sicily.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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