American Excavations at Morgantina:

Contrada Agnese Project

CAP 2014: Director’s Report from the Field

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The American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project (AEM: CAP) is a multi-year excavation and research project, sponsored by Princeton University. Our investigations focus on occupation at the far western edge of the ancient city in order to better understand the lives of those who dwelled on the margins of Hellenistic and Roman Morgantina. CAP’s 2014 season was a great success, thanks to the hard work and commitment of the exceptional group of thirty-one students and scholars, who joined our team from three countries and more than fifteen universities and institutions.

We laid the groundwork for 2014 during the 2013 season, when members of CAP carried out excavations in various parts of the ancient city to test the interpretations produced by the 2012 geophysical survey. CAP field teams opened two trenches (VI.34 and VI.35) along the eastern side of insula W13/14S in a portion of the block that corresponds to the hypothetical division between Lots 8 and 10. Among the most significant results of our 2013 excavations was the confirmation that ancient builders at Morgantina altered the orientation of
the original city plan to accommodate the Agnese Ridge, which runs at an intersecting path with the original orthogonal city plan.

We see this in the different orientation of the insula and the adjacent stenopos W13. For more
information on the CAP 2013 season, please see our preliminary report published with the journal Fasti On Line Documents & Research.

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