Field Director

Dr. Paolo Visona`


Dr. Paolo Visona` was born in the Veneto region of Italy and received a doctoral degree in Classics at the University of Padua. He holds a M.A. in Ancient Art from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Ph.D. in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Dr. Visona` has excavated in the Great Basin and Southern Californa, in northern Italy, in Israel, at Carthage in North Africa, and in the Ivory Coast. Since 1987 he has been directing the excavation of the Hellenistic and Roman site of Contrada Mella (ancient Mamertion?) in southwestern Calabria with a permit by the Italian Ministry for the Preservation of Cultural Resources. Abstracts of field reports on the excavations at contrada Mella have been published regularly in the American Journal of Archaeology since 1988.

Dr. Visona`, a Registered Professional Archaeologist, is currently a Visiting Professor in the Department of Art at the University of Kentucky at Lexington. He can be contacted c/o:

Department of Art
207 Fine Arts Building,
University of Kentucky
Lexingon, KY 40506-0022


1. J.E. Knapp, P. Mazzaglia, C. Sabbione, P.
Visona`, ‘Monte Palazzi (Passo Croce Ferrata, Comune
di Grotteria), 2005: Primi saggi stratigrafici’, in
Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. Rendiconti

2. P. Visona`, ‘L’insediamento tardoellenistico di
contrada Mella’, in R. Agostino (ed.), Gli Italici del
Metauros. Catalogo della Mostra Museo Archeologico
Nazionale di Reggio Calabria 9 aprile – 31 ottobre
Reggio Calabria 2005), pp. 127-131;

3. L. Costamagna and P. Visona` (eds.), Oppido
Mamertina (Calabria, Italia). Ricerche acheologiche
nel territorio e in contrada Mella (Roma 1999).