The Excavations

Agora, 1955

Excavations at Morgantina were carried out from 1955 to 1963 and 1966 to 1967 by the Princeton University Archaeological Expedition to Sicily under the joint directorship of Professors Erik Sjöqvist and Richard Stillwell of the department of Art and Archaeology.

Initially authorized by the Superintendency of Syracuse (1955-68), the American project subsequently worked with the Superintendencies of Agrigento (1968-1986) and Enna (1986-2010) and since 2010 has had an active collaboration with the new Parco Archeologico Regionale di Morgantina (ongoing).

From 1968 to 1972 the directorship of the project, now the Illinois-Princeton Morgantina Expedition, passed to Hugh Allen, who had recently received his PhD from the program at Princeton. The records of this period of work, i.e. the papers of  Hubert L. Allen, are housed in the archives of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Excavations in 1960

Trench 21, Cittadella, in 1960

William A. P. Childs, Professor of Classical Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, who had served as a trenchmaster in 1966 was field director in 1978 and 1979.

In 1980, Malcolm Bell III, professor of art history at the University of Virginia, became director of the Expedition.

Aerial view of Agora on Serra Orlando

In 1990, Bell invited Carla Antonaccio, now Professor of Classical Studies at Duke University, to co-direct the excavations, taking responsibility for the Archaic site on the Cittadella.

Information on the current program of research and the team of scholars working at Morgantina can be found here.