The Western Illinois Society
of the
Archaeological Institute
of America


The Department of Classics

at Monmouth College

present an illustrated lecture 

What is Under the Abbey?
Preliminary and On-Going Investigations at the Abbey of Gangivecchio, Sicily


Glenn R. Storey
Associate Professor of Classics and Anthropology
University of Iowa

 Thursday, March 6, 2003

 7:30 P.M.
in the Highlander Room
Stockdale Center
Monmouth College
Monmouth, Illinois

The Gangivecchio Archeological Project (GAP) began in 2000 and is continuing. Gangivecchio is a site in east central Sicily, not far from Enna. It is a 14th century Benedictine Abbey with four major natural springs sitting on a Roman site. Preliminary investigations confirmed that the Roman site dated from the high empire, 1st to 5th centuries A.D., but also suggested that the site had an 8th to 7th century B.C. Greek colonial component and local tradition also holds to a 1200 B.C. colonization from Mycenaean Crete. Gangivecchio could be the fabled city of Engion, mentioned by Diodorus Siculus. More likely, it was a cult center, with a bustling economy tied into the Roman world-system. All these fascinating trends will be explored in this program.

For further information:
Dr. Thomas J. Sienkewicz
Capron Professor of Classics
Monmouth College
Monmouth, Illinois 61462
(309) 457-2371