During the summer of 2014, students from the Institute of Archaeology at Andrews University initiated a new excavation in western Sicily, exploring the emergence of early Christianity there. According to the book of Acts, Paul landed at Syracuse on the eastern shore of Sicily and it is thought that Christianity spread from there. Andrews doctoral students conducted new excavations at a Roman village at San Miceli (Salemi) that was occupied during the critical transition time when Romans adopted the new faith. The Andrews team excavated a significant building at San Miceli from this important time period; in the same ancient village they also uncovered the ruins of possibly the earliest Christian basilica on the island.
Andrews University Institute of Archaeology plans to continue excavating in Sicily in the summer of 2015. We are pleased to be working at San Miceli, in the Salemi area.
If you are interested in joining us, please go the Sicily website for more information.