|Projects & Programs
Metapontum was a major Greek colony from the 7th century BC until the Roman domination of Lucania (modern Basilicata) in the 3rd century BC. Its extensive and well-preserved chora (agricultural territory) has been the object of annual campaigns by ICA since 1974. ICA's research began with the excavation of a Greek rural sanctuary at Pantanello and a nearby Roman industrial complex, and later expanded to include excavation of rural necropoleis and a large-scale field survey. The multidisciplinary project now investigates all phases of human occupation in the ancient territory from the Neolithic to the modern period.
Croton, founded in the late 8th century BC, was another major Greek colonial city. Its remains lie under modern Crotone in the region now known as Calabria. ICA's projects at this site since 1983 have focused on the chora in the Greek and Roman periods. These activities include a field survey of the chora and the excavation of a Greek farmstead and a Neolithic settlement.
Chersonesos is located on the outskirts of modern Sevastopol near the southwestern tip of Crimea. Occupied by Greek colonists as early as the 5th century BC, it continued to thrive in the Roman and Byzantine periods. In collaboration with the National Preserve of Tauric Chersonesos, ICA has excavated Hellenistic and multiperiod rural sites in the extraordinarily well-preserved chora since 1994. ICA has also participated in joint excavation in the ancient urban area since 2001. Current projects include paleoenvironmental studies, GIS, conservation, and the creation of an archaeological park.