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AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Dr. William Balco, "Hidden in the Forest: Discovering Ancient Settlements on Monte Bonifato, Sicily"

Friday, Oct. 9, 2020 • 7:00 pm
Adults, Members, Seniors

Sicily was a crossroads of diverse cultures whom left behind clues attesting to their various lifestyles. Finding and then interpreting these clues can be challenging, particularly in forested environments. This talk presents a summary of two field seasons of systematic archaeological survey atop Monte Bonifato, one of western Sicily’s highest mountains. The challenges that archaeologists face, methods developed to overcome those challenges, and initial interpretations of the data collected during the survey are discussed. Our current understanding of past occupation and land use atop the mountain is presented, accounting for Iron Age, Archaic, Roman, and Medieval settlements as discovered during surface survey. This lecture is presented by the Archaeological Institute of America—Toledo Society, Toledo Museum of Art, and the University of Toledo.

All lectures are illustrated, non-technical, and free and open to the public. They will be offered online live using Cisco Webex webinar software provided through the University of Toledo. Prior to each lecture a web link will be posted on the Toledo Society’s website ( and to view a lecture it is only necessary to click on this link. Lectures will be viewable on all devices, including smart phones, tablets, and laptop and desktop computers. Viewers will have an opportunity to ask the speaker questions after the presentation.