Cappiddazzu

CAPPIDDAZZU SANCTUARY

The most ancient parts of the walls are dry stone walls and date back to the second half of the 7th century B.C. 
The architectural complex on a tripartite layout hosts constructions of different ages.  All these elements cannot be easily investigated due to the many transformations they have undergone.
Caves in the rocks have been discovered that contain bones of animals, cattle and sheep. 
These findings have led discoverers to believe that this area was a place of worship.  However, there is no proof to support this hypothesis.

INDUSTRIAL AREAS
Industrial activities of the Phoenician tradition

The area near Porta Nord (Northern Gate) is characterized by a widespread production of ceramics and purple dye. 
It is, however, supposed that this area was a workshop of arts and crafts like glass, bone, metal, stone, and wood hand-crafted production, not to forget fish conservation.
Another industrial complex is situated near the so-called “K zone” north of Cappiddazzu Sanctuary where the Young Man from Motya was found. 
Excavations have brought to light a Ceramico, a building adjacent to the walls where all ceramic production phases took place.
Outside, in the wide yard, inside heaps of debris, war weapons, arrows, spear heads, and missile-like acorns were found.  These all objects remind of the violent attack Motya suffered by the tyrant Denis.

Cappiddazzu Sanctuary - open