Mozia (Mothia, Motya) is an archaeological site with a landscape of considerable importance, was an ancient Phoenician city from the end of the twelfth century BC. The island is located off the western coast of Sicily near Marsala in the Province of Trapani and belongs to the Whitaker Foundation. In the early years of the twentieth century, the island was purchased by the archaeologist Joseph Whitaker, the heir of an English family who moved to Sicily becoming rich with the production of Marsala wine. The archaeologist began the archaeological excavations in 1906, which continued until 1929. Today Mothya is popular with tourists who come from all parts of Europe to see the archaeological remains and the saltpans and windmills.