Cultural Heritage in Danger: Archaeology and Communities in Sicily during the Second World War (1940–45)

01 October 2019 → 31 March 2022
European funding: framework programme
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Archaeology of conflict
    • Archaeology of Europe, the Mediterranean and the Levant
    • Modern and contemporary history
Archaeology archaeological heritage Sicily World War II Art History
Other information
Project description

The Second World War threatened the archaeological and cultural heritage of the countries involved in military operations. Bombing and ground operations in Sicily affected archaeological sites and museums. The EU-funded SICILYWAR project will reconstruct and study the acts and conflict between different factors: military forces, national authorities, archaeologists and local communities. It will study the way the authorities treated archaeological discoveries that emerged in military constructions; the interrelations between authorities, scientists and local communities; the comparison of the role Sicilian archaeology played in the protection of cultural heritage with other similar European contexts (in Belgium, France, UK, et al). The research will benefit a variety of scholars, including archaeologists, historians, art historians and social studies experts.

Role of Ghent University
The Department of Archaeology at Ghent University hosts the research project under the supervision of Prof. Jean Bourgeois. The project fits into a well-established department’s scholarship and complements currents strengths in WW1 archaeology, cultural heritage and aerial photography studies.
Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Research Executive Agency (REA). Neither the European Union nor the authority can be held responsible for them.