Solunto Project

Universität Tübingen

This investigation is part of the Tübingen Ancient Mortar Project that focuses on the building technology and chronology in several key sites of the ancient Mediterranean. Our collaboration aims to study via achaeometric analysis the building materials of the Hellenistic-Roman city of Solunto (4th/3rd century BC – 3rd century AD). The site is located in Italy in north-western part of Sicily. According to literary sources, Solunto was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, destroyed in the early 4th and rebuilt in the late 4th century BC by Carthaginian mercenaries on the top of Monte Catalfano. In 2017 samples of different building phases were taken from three private houses for an integrated archaeometric approach including petrography, X-ray microdiffraction (μ-XRD2), but also radiocarbon dating to investigate their technology and chronology.


F. Schön – S. Amicone – Ch. Berthold – B. Boese – Th. P. König, Archaeometric Data for the Urbanistic Development of Solunto (Sicily/Italy) – the Casa di Arpocrate. First Results of the Tuebingen Mortar Project, in: M. Trümper – G. Adornato –Th. Lappi (Hrsg.), Cityscapes of Hellenistic Sicily (Rom2019) 113–128


Die Mörtelproben aus Solunt (Italien) das sogenannte Ginnasio. Neue Datierungserkenntnisse durch den Abgleich der petrographischen Auswertung und der Ausgestaltung des hellenistischen Wohnhauses.