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During 2016 the excavation at Pizzo Monaco took place during the month of July. 

Two workshops about the role of local knowledge and perceptions on soil for the historical landscape configuration and the various management practices were carried out by UCO and ARQUEOANDALUSÍ in Calatafimi Segesta and Vita (10th and 11th March, respectively). Through participation of farmers from two study areas of Monti di Trapani, specifically Bosco di Angimbè and Baroni, a common knowledge and perception of the local soil types and their implications for the crop allocation and management were verified.

Hydraulic survey, along with an ethnographic interview, have been carried out during the month of February 2017 in the area of Calatafimi by the Univeristy of Granada and Arqueoandalusí. Fieldwork is focused on locating local water resources, such as fountains, springs, historic irrigation channels, irrigation pools, underground channels, among others.

The graphical table presented below shows the numerical basis of the archaeological evidence identified during the last hydraulic survey in the study area of Sicily (Monti di Trapani).

UGR and Arqueo, in collaboration with Pro Loco Calatafimi Segesta, attended a teaching activity with the Classic (Cielo d'Alcamo) and Scientific (G. Ferro) institutes of Alcamo, within the framework of the “Alternating School-Work” initiative.

Arqueoandalusí and Eachtra, in the framework of Monti di Trapani educational network, publish an online presentation titled Monti di Trapani landscape through hydraulic mills.

Last 22th July was held the Workshop "Cultural Landscapes in Mediterranean Mountainous Environments", with a wide participation and several guests.

Pedologists of UNIPA have started the soil survey programme in the area of Monti Trapani (Sicily). Six soil profiles have been already described and sampled in the study area of “Baida” surrounding the archaeological site of Pizzo Monaco.

The documentary illustrates the water mills in the landscape around Calatafimi-Segesta (TP), in particular along the river Kaggera. The video can be ideally divided in three parts: an introduction to the phisical characteristics of the area and the hydraulic network, an in-depth look at the water mill located in Contrada Arancio, mentionned in the texts dating from the 1393, and a visit to an active company at Castelvetrano, specialised in traditional flour production from native ancient grain seeds.

‪Laboratory‬ of ‪Community‬ ‪Botany‬, organised by UNIPA‬,‪ ARQUEO‬ and ‪USHEFF in ‪Calatafimi Segesta‬ (‪Trapani‬). Participants provided information to map ‪ancient‬ ‪fruit‬ ‪trees‬ in the ‪Monti Di Trapani‬ study area.


University of Palermo botanists team led the second cycle floristic surveys in Pizzo Monaco site. They conducted a comparative investigation between plants inside the archaeological site and plants of the surrounding plains in order to assess the ecological differences between environments with a different history.
An ineteresting finding is the presence of archaeophyte plants that, on Pizzo Monaco, are collected exclusively inside the medieval fortified granary area.