Exploring Ancient Sicily at Palikè

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Location: 95044 Mineo, Metropolitan city of Catania, Italy

Season: June 5, 2022 to July 10, 2022

Session Dates: same

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

Deadline Type: Contact for Details


Discount for AIA members: none

Program Type:
Field School

RPA Certified:

Florida Atlantic University

Project Director:
Professor Brian E. McConnell, Ph.D., RPA

Project Description:

During the summer of 2022, Florida Atlantic University will continue excavations at the Sanctuary of the Divine Palikoi (Rocchicella di Mineo, ancient Palikè), the most significant cult center of Sicily’s ancient, indigenous Sikel peoples. Work will concentrate on refining our understanding of the transition from the first phase of monumental construction before a large grotto in the Archaic period to the second phase in the fifth century B.C.E. at the time of the Sikel league formed by Douketios of Menae (Mineo) and on exploring a newly identified, possible industrial area not far from the site’s well known stoai. The project will run from June 5, 2022 to July 10, 2022 with four days per week on-site and one day per week for visiting select museums and sites around the island as part of a comprehensive course in Sicilian history and cultural resources. The project leaves ample time during the day and on weekends to explore the program base at Catania and other areas around the island or further afar.

Period(s) of Occupation: The site, Rocchicella di Mineo, which is located in the Margi river valley of southeastern Sicily, has a long chronological sequence from the Mesolithic period through the Middle Ages. Current research focuses on the Archaic period (7th-6th centuries B.C.E.) and the Classical period (5th-4th centuries B.C.E.).

Research and educational activities at Rocchicella di Mineo are conducted under a multiple-year agreement between Florida Atlantic University and the Sicilian Region. Enrollment in the program includes credit for undergraduate (upper or lower division) and graduate courses from Florida Atlantic University, according to the needs of one's academic program. International health and travel insurance All FAU students participating on an FAU Faculty-led Program will be registered in international health and travel insurance coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). This mandatory insurance ensures that students have access to medical and emergency support services while abroad. This is included in the program cost. COVID-19 Students may be required to quarantine once they have arrived to the study abroad destination or isolate at any point during the program. If quarantine is required, it is the student’s personal and financial responsibility to complete prior to the start of the program so that they are available to participate for the program start date. It is the student’s responsibility to know and adhere to the public health guidelines where they are traveling, and to factor those requirements into their travel arrangements and budget.

Project Size: 1-24 participants

Minimum Length of Stay for Volunteers: five weeks

Minimum Age: one year of undergraduate-level study required

Experience Required: Please contact the project director, Prof. Brian E. McConnell (, if you have special skills relevant to archaeological fieldwork.

Room and Board Arrangements:
The program is based in the city of Catania. Housing and transportation to and from the site of Rocchicella di Mineo and all museums and other locations that are part of the program activities are included, as well as some group meals. Students stay in well furnished apartments (double occupancy per bedroom maximum) around the city with easy access to shops and regional transportation. Program Cost (see below for what is included): $2,712.00 + tuition for the summer courses/credits required for the program (FAU in-state and out-of-state tuition rates apply) Program cost payment deadlines: First program fee payment due on Thursday, February 24, 2022: $1,500.00 Second (final) program fee payment due on Friday, March 18, 2022: $1,212.00 All approved participants will be sent the link to pay online 10 days prior to each payment deadline. Plan accordingly. Program Fee Includes: Accommodations from check-in through check-out date International medical insurance Transportation to and from the dig site Dig site supplies and water Some group meals Some museum visits Program Fee Does Not Include : $200 Administrative fee paid at time of application submission International flight Tuition for courses/credits taken on program (FAU in-state and out-of-state rates apply) Passport cost Most meals Personal spending money

Academic Credit:
Enrollment in the program includes credit for undergraduate (upper or lower division) and graduate courses from Florida Atlantic University, according to the needs of one's academic program. Program Course Offerings: ARH 2952 or ARH 4957 Art History Study Abroad (3 credits) - Required for undergraduate students who are first-time program participants ART 4905 Art History Directed Independent Study (3-4 credits) Required ART 4906C Directed Independent Study in Art (3-4 credits) Required ARH 6913 Directed Independent Study - program course listing for graduate students (3-4) - Required for graduate students participating on the program for the first time. ART 5930 Directed Area Studies in Art - special studio art oriented project (3-4 credits) Optional Course Eligibility & Requirements: Students participating on the program for the first time must take two required courses listed above for at least 6 credits. Students returning to participate for a second time may take one required course for 4 credits.

Contact Information:

For academic and scientific matters, please contact Prof. Brian E. McConnell; for administrative matters, please contact Brendan Richardson, Assistant Director, Education Abroad

Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road

Boca Raton




Phone: (561) 297-3227

Fax: (McConnell) 561-297-3078

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