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KALAT'S HAPPENING 2013 Archaeological Researches & Discovery of Flavors of Sicily

Location: Campobello di Licata, Agrigento, Italy

July 15, 2013 to September 15, 2013

Session dates: 
From 15th to 21st July; from 22nd to 28th July; from 29th July to 4th August; from 5th to 11th August; from 12th to 18th August; from 19th to 25th August; from 26th August to 1st September; from 2nd to 8th September; from 9th to 15th September 2013

Application Deadline: 
Friday, July 12, 2013

Deadline Type: 
Contact for details

Flyer: PDF icon brochure_happening_2013_-_eng.pdf

Program Type

Field school

RPA certified



Superintendence of Cultural Assets of Agrigento, University of Palermo & QLT project (Quantum Leap Trend)

Project Director:

Emilia Bella

Project Description

Kalat's Happening 2013

The international youth HAPPENING, in fact, is proposed as an exciting new formula of youth tourism & an innovative initiative of local development which combines the passion of archaeological researches with the discovery of knowledge & flavours of Sicily, the interest of art workshops & guided tours, the entertainment of musical moments & the enjoyment of the Mediterranean sea at Licata.

The archaeological activities of the HAPPENING will consist in:

Survey:  After the complete superficial recognition of the whole territory of Campobello di Licata & the discovery of more than 170 areas of archaeological interest, this year the research will address the archaeological areas in the lands confiscated from the Mafia, where we of course expect to find evidences of our past.

Enhancement of Iachinu Filì:  We will continue with the recovery activities at the necropolis of the Parco Antico Iachinu Filì, containing numerous “burial caves” dating back to the Old Bronze Age (XXII-XVI centuries BC), some of them being reused in Roman & Byzantine Ages.

Volunteers should bring long trousers, cup, small bag, water canteen, toiletries, sheets or sleeping bag, security boots & must have health insurance. There will be the possibility to organize visits to the Valley of Temples in Agrigento.

Kalat is a project which promotes youth tourism in Sicily. Since 1995, more than 1000 young archaeologists & researchers from all around the world have arrived in Sicily for 17 seasons of Kalat’s International Summer Camps. They’ve been leading research activities on local heritage along with local youngsters & experts, with the scientific counselling of local universities & under the supervision of the Superintendence of Cultural Assets of Trapani & Agrigento in order to reinforce the knowledge & contribute to the enhancement of Sicily’s inner areas & their conversion from a tourist approach. Having identified hundreds of archaeological sites, since this year Kalat, with the support of Fondazione CON IL SUD1 and the collaboration of Libera2 & Slow Food®3, offers a real breakthrough: within the framework of the Local Development Project QLT (Quantum Leap Trend), the traditional Kalat’s International Summer Camps are now becoming international youth HAPPENINGs!


1 Private non-profit organization created by the alliance between the banking foundations & the third & voluntary sectors to promote the social infrastructure of the South.

2 Network of more than 1.200 entities, committed for building up organizational synergies between the political & cultural local realities capable of promoting the culture of lawfulness.

3 Global grassroots organization with supporters in 150 countries around the world who are linking the pleasure of good food with a commitment to their community & the environment.

Period(s) of Occupation: From Prehistory to Medieval Age

Excavation, survey & recovery of a prehistoric necropolis

Project size: 
50+ participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: 1 week

Minimum age: 

Experience required: 

Room and Board Arrangements

The base will be the Kalat Centre. Toilet, showers & laundry facilities.
All the meals will be provided by our cooks, based on typical Sicilian/Italian cuisine

From 15th to 21st July (Turn 1) € 140,0 From 22nd to 28th July (Turn 2) € 210,0 From 29th July to 4th August (Turn 3) € 210,0 From 5th to 11th August (Turn 4) € 210,0 From 12th to 18th August (Turn 5) € 245,0 From 19th to 25th August (Turn 6) € 210,0 From 26th August to 1st September (Turn 7) € 210,0 From 2nd to 8th September (Turn 8) € 210,0 From 9th to 15th September (Turn 9) € 140,0 Those participating in more than one weekly turn will have a discount of 20% for each week. In addition, participants will benefit from a 10% discount for each edition in which they previously took part. To participate in more days than the duration of the week will be charged a daily fee of € 40.

Academic Credit

Name of institution offering credit: 
University of Palermo
Number of credits offered from 2 to 5


Contact Information
Emilia Bella
Via Trieste (Centro Polivalente)
Campobello di Licata
Agrigento's province
+39 0922883508
+39 0922883508
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