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Marzamemi ‘church wreck’ makes headlines with upcoming Ashmolean exhibit

Nov 17 2015

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Objects from the architectural cargo of the Marzamemi ‘church wreck’, currently being excavated by Stanford’s Justin Leidwanger in collaboration with the Soprintendenza del Mare - Regione Siciliana, are making headlines as part of an upcoming exhibit at the Ashmolean Museum of Oxford. The BBC, Independent, Telegraph, Times, Mirror, and other news outlets have picked up on the story of its Ikea-style ‘flat-pack’ church. The shipwreck was carrying prefabricated architectural elements for at least one church when it sank off the southeast coast of Sicily, only to be discovered and partially explored a half-century ago. The exhibit, entitled “Sicily and the Sea” and including not only the ‘church wreck’ but a variety of important archaeological discoveries off the Sicilian coast, is currently at the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam; it will head to the Ashmolean next year. For headlines as well as more on the site and current work, link to Marzamemi Maritime Heritage Project.