Kale Akte, the Fair Promontory: Settlement, Trade and Production on the Nebrodi Coast of Sicily 500 BC­–AD 500 [Hardback]

Adam Lindhagen(Author)

ISBN: 9781789252507 | Published by: Oxbow Books | Series: University of British Columbia Studies in the Ancient World | Volume: 3 | Year of Publication: 2020 | Language: English 272p, H11.69 x W8.3, b/w and color
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Kale Akte, the Fair Promontory


This volume investigates the interaction between the natural environment, market forces and political entities in an ancient Sicilian town and its surrounding micro-region over the time-span of a thousand years. Focusing on the ancient polis of Kale Akte (Caronia) and the surrounding Nebrodi area on the north coast of Sicily, the book examines the city’s archaeology and history from a broad geographical and cultural viewpoint, suggesting that Kale Akte may have had a greater economic importance for Sicily and the wider Mediterranean world than its size and lowly political status would suggest. Also discussed is the gradual population shift away from the hill-top down to a growing harbour settlement at Caronia Marina, at the foot of the rock.

The book is particularly important for the comprehensive analysis of the 1999–2004 excavations at the latter, with fresh interpretations of the function of the buildings excavated and their chronology, as well for reviewing the present state of our knowledge about Kale Acte/Calacte, and defining research questions for the future. The archaeological material at the heart of this study comes from excavations at the site conducted by the author. It is one of the few detailed publications from Sicily of Hellenistic and Roman amphora material.

The conclusions about changing trends of commercial production and exchange will be of interest to those working on ceramic material elsewhere in Sicily and indeed further afield. The study also offers a fresh perspective of the economic history of ancient Sicily, and concludes that Kale Akte’s privileged location on the north coast was well suited for the export trade to Italy and the city of Rome itself, which enabled the Sicilian town to prosper during the Roman Empire. The origins of Kale Akte and its alleged foundation by the exiled Sikel leader, Ducetius, in the fifth century BC, are also discussed in the light of the latest archaeological discoveries. An Italian summary of each chapter is also included.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Settlements

Chapter 2 The territory: resources and communications

Chapter 3 Archaeological research at Caronia and Caronia Marina

Chapter 4 The material evidence

Chapter 5 Production and supply at Kale Akte and in Sicily

Chapter 6 Trade and production mechanisms ay Kale Akte and on the South Tyrrhenian

Chapter 7 From trading post to rural village

Appendix 1 Methodological problems and quantification of finds

Appendix 2 Amphorae from Caronia and Caronia Marina: thin section analysis

Catalogue of finds

Catalogue of fabrics




Approximately 400 pp with 116 black and white illustrations and 8 pages of colour plates

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