School of History, Classics & Archaeology

The evolution of rural and urban settlement in Sicily from Prehistory to Late Antiquity

This workshop from 5-6 June will bring together scholars working on the development of urban and rural settlement in Sicily from Prehistory to Late Antiquity (Published 17 April).

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5-6 June 2015

Friday 5 June 2015, 2.30pm – 6.30pm and Saturday 6 June 2015, 9am – 5.30pm


G. 16, doorway 4, Old Medical Quad, Teviot Place, Edinburgh

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Event description

This workshop includes experienced and early career researchers, who will present work-in-progress on this topic, and the workshop provides a unique opportunity for scholars from several major projects based in the USA, Italy, Germany, the UK, and the Netherlands to exchange ideas and information directly with one another.


Urban and Rural Change in Sicily

Recent work on Sicily has revitalised the study of Sicilian urbanism from prehistory down to late antiquity. This work has ignited debate about the development of urbanism in Sicily and its relationship to rural settlement across history and between cultures.


It has become clear that complex questions remain about how we combine analyses of urban centres with their rural hinterlands, and how the development of these two areas is interconnected.


The combination of data and analyses from diverse geographical areas and chronological periods remains central to our understanding of historical change in Sicily from prehistory to the late Roman period.


Workshop Programme

There will be six formal sessions, with two sessions on Friday 5 June starting from 2:30pm, and four sessions on Saturday 6 June starting from 9am.


Each speaker is allocated 50 minutes for paper delivery and ensuing discussion.


Our speakers at this event join us from the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Germany, the Netherlands, and Italy.

Speaker University Topic
Prof. Johannes Bergemann University of Göttingen, Germany ‘Monti Sicani. A non-Greek area in central western Sicily’
Dr Robert Leighton University of Edinburgh, UK ‘Site surveys and funerary landscapes of Sicilian prehistory‘
Prof. Luuk De Light University of Leiden, Netherlands ‘Cities from texts and architecture in Roman Sicily’
Prof. John Bintliff University of Edinburgh, UK; University of Leiden, Netherlands ‘Rural and urban survey in Roman Sicily’
Dr Oscar Belvedere University of Palermo, Italy ‘Sacred landscapes of Himera’s hinterland in archaic and classical times’
Dr Aurelio Burgio University of Palermo, Italy ‘The dynamics of rural population in the hinterland of Cignana (south-central Sicily) from Prehistory to Late Antiquity’

Dr Daniele Malfitana]

Dr Giuseppe Cacciaguerra

Dr Carmela Franco

University of Catania, Italy

IBAM, University of Catania, Italy                                                            

University of Oxford, UK

‘Roman Sicily project: perspectives and views on material culture from production site to rural settlement.’
Dr Jonathan Prag University of Oxford, UK ‘I.Sicily: a new resource for utilising the epigraphic sources for ancient Sicily’
Dr Peter Morton University of Edinburgh, UK ‘The evolution of social order in Hellenistic Sicily’
Dr Emanuele Vaccaro University of Cambridge, UK To be determined
Dr Laura Pfuntner University of California Davis, USA ‘Strabo’s Sicily’
Prof. Keith Rutter University of Edinburgh, UK

‘Coins and history - the case of Sicily’






The workshop fee covers the registration for the event, refreshments throughout both days, a light sandwich lunch on Saturday 6 June, and a reception at the end of the proceedings on Friday 5 June.


Two fee options are available; a reduced fee for all students, unwaged or University of Edinburgh staff, and a standard fee for all other attendees.

Reduced fee £30
Standard fee £45



Please visit our online booking system to register.


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Further information

If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser Peter Morton.

Dr Peter Morton

Postdoctoral Fellow; Classics

  • School of History, Classics and Archaeology
  • University of Edinburgh

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