Pantelleria Project

Testing Theories

As the excavation draws quickly to a close, the team was hard at work looking for evidence of a southern boundary wall in our area as the GPR (Ground Penetrating Radar) suggested. Despite our hard work, we were unable to find such a wall in this trench. Just goes to show that things are not always as they seem but it was a good reminder at the end of the season of why the physical part of an excavation is so important.

Amici Party 2017

A special thank you to all our Pantescan friends without whom our excavation would be nowhere near as smooth as it is. Getting to know everyone has been one of the best parts about digging on Pantelleria. We are grateful for your hospitality and your friendship and we hope that you had as much fun at our annual Amici Party as we did!

Exploring Pantelleria

The 2017 Team hiking past Cinque Denti to visit the island’s lighthouse and volcanology museum.

Mediterranean waves crashing against the shore of Cinque Denti.

Although Cinque Denti looks like a cove caused by erosion of the sea, it is actually a 6km wide volcanic caldera. It is the youngest of the island’s two calderas being a measly 45,000 years old. To learn more about the island’s hot past visit the Smithsonian Institution’s Global Volcanism Program,