University of Palermo
Gioacchino Falsone is lecturer in Phoenician-Punic and Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Palermo. After his M.A. in Italy, he was awarded a Harkness Fellowship of the Commonweath Fund of New York and undertook graduate studies at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago (1970-72).
He has been involved in many excavation projects, field surveys and underwater investigations in West Sicily, in the Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. For several seasons (1993-2010) he directed the Palermo Euphrates expedition in North Syria (salvage excavations at Tell Shiyukh Tahtani). Currently he is leading the Palermo excavations on Motya and is taking part in a survey project of Tuebingen University in Iraqi Kurdistan.
He has been interested in many aspects of Oriental art and culture and has published various papers in Syro-Phoenician metalwork and toreutics of the first millennium B.C., in pottery technology, aniconism and religious iconography of the Phoenician and Punic world. He has also been interested in the Bronze Age civilization of Upper Mesopotamia and Syria, with special emphasis in the Carchemish region.