Selinunte: found the ancient agora, the largest in the world

In the archaeological park of Selinunte, in the province of Trapani, thanks to an intervention in the vegetation studied by the Germanic Institute in Rome,now largest in the world, a vast area of ​​33 thousand square meters surrounded by the ruins of public and private buildings that formed the center of the ancient city. In addition, several precious artifacts have been discovered.

In the largest archaeological park in Europe, several artifacts were also found and a water fault was discovered, which would confirm the exact point where ancient Selinus was founded, founded by Greek colonists arriving from Mégara Hyblaea

Among the objects found during the excavations were also some Greek-type firewood plates and a large amount of ceramic fragments from Mégara Hyblaea (the ancient Greek colony near the present Augusta, to be more precise among the municipalities of Priolo Gargallo and the municipalities). Augusta, on the east coast of Sicily, while Selinunte is on the south-west coast of the island). Artifacts that visitors can admire in the Antiquarium in the largest park in Europe, with its 270 hectares of archaeological sites and natural areas overlooking the sea.


In addition, the discovery of a part of a mold is considered of great importance, the first part of which was found not far away, ten years ago: now that the mold is left to be finished, archaeologists believe that it could have been used to build a scepter.. According to experts, once used, the mold could have been split into two parts and buried in different places within the sacred area so that no one could use it anymore.

The team of archaeologists, led by Clemente Marconi, was also able to delineate the presence of a sacred enclosure for the worship of ancestors with a “hero” in the middle (a memorial to a prominent person), a layout that follows Mégara. Hyblaea (Megara Iblea), ancient homeland of the Greek colonists who founded the city of Selinus (Selinunte).

On “” we read that “excavating deep around the so-called Temple R, built in the sixth century BC and then perhaps rebuilt after 409 BC, when the Carthaginians occupied and destroyed the city, archaeologists have identified the walls of a ritual enclosure dating back to 610 BC, not long after the arrival of the colonists led by Pammylus, which Thucydides fixed at 628 BC and Diodorus at 650 BC And it is always here , inside Temple R, that the soil has returned the missing part of a stone matrix (the first was found ten years ago at a short distance) served to fuse a bronze object, it looks like a scepter. An object so valuable, archaeologists now speculate, that it does not need to be replicated. For this reason, immediately after the merger, the matrices would have been buried in two different places”.

For archaeologists, however, the most important discovery was a water fault beneath the foundations of Temple A, a detail, Clemente Marconi states, “which confirms the hypothesis that the first Greek colonists settled in this southern part of the Acropolis“. This would therefore be the point at which the ancient Selinus arose.

In the past, didactic activities have been carried out in the Selinunte Archaeological Park, for example in environmental sustainability on the occasion of Earth Day

Finally, we draw attention to the fact that in the past, didactic activities have also been carried out in the Selinunte Archaeological Park: we remember, for example, that recently on the occasion of Earth Day, which is celebrated on April 22 all over the world, dozens of students from the “Ruggero Settimo” institute in Castelvetrano walked among the temples and compiled evaluation forms for the park services, thus participating in the first of three days dedicated to environmental sustainability (that of Selinunte is actually considered the most “green “of Italy) .

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