Archaeological discovery in Malta


This video is called Megalithic Malta 2 – Tarxien Temples.

From the Times of Malta:

Tuesday, 8th July 2008

Important archaeological find in Tarxien

Pottery shards date back to Temple Period

Waylon Johnston

An archaeological discovery described as the most important in 18 years has been made at the site of the Tarxien temples.

Malta Environment Planning Authority (Mepa) officials discovered megaliths and other remains, which are most probably prehistoric, during development works within the buffer zone of the Neolithic temples.

The site was described by archaeologist Kevin Borda as the most important one since a burial ground was unearthed at the Brockdorff Circle in Xagħra in 1990. It lies within a plot of land measuring 25 by eight metres towards the back of the plot. …

During the inspection it was noted that demolition and site clearance works had uncovered a number of features which date back to 4,100-2,500 B.C.

Temple shelters in Malta ‘enhance visitors’ experience’: here.

Norwegian archaeologists have unearthed a Neolithic “mini Pompeii” at a campsite near the North Sea, they announced this week: here.

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  1. 2008-10-02 12:16

    Mysterious prehistoric man in Rome

    Trypillian culture spotlights Europe’s proto- cities

    (ANSA) – Rome, October 2 – A mysterious Neolithic people who created Europe’s earliest urban culture is the focus of an exhibition currently showing in Rome. Palazzo della Cancelleria is hosting the exhibit devoted to the Cucuteni or Trypillian culture, which flourished in an area between modern Romania, Moldova and Ukraine between 5500 BC and 2750 BC.

    The exhibition, the first of its kind in Italy, brings together 450 artefacts from excavations and private collections, and explores different archaeological interpretations of the culture’s proto-cities. Although many Trypillian settlements were little more than villages, particularly the earliest ones with around 15 dwellings, others came to house thousands of people, a remarkable development in that era. The two largest settlements uncovered so far, Dobrovody and Maydanets, both in Ukraine, were each home to around 10,000 people at one time and spanned areas of 2.5 square kilometres. Usually located on a plateau and fortified with earthworks and ditches, the proto-cities were laid out in concentric circles or parallel lines, and interspersed with squares for communal activities. People usually lived in adobe huts, sometimes with two stories, which had round windows and were heated by a central oven.

    However, some of the largest settlements also contained much bigger buildings.

    These were typically between 300 and 600 metres long, with multiple rooms. The walls and ceilings were decorated with black and red designs, while the beds and other furniture were of complex design with brilliant colours. These large structures have frequently been archaeological treasure troves, with beautiful utensils and mysterious tattooed male and female figurines, often faceless, and thought to be of religious significance.

    Pottery and copper, exported extensively from the Balkans, are also commonplace in such sites. Animal bones uncovered by digs, which have been under way since the early 1800s, indicate that the Trypillians not only hunted wild game but also raised cows, goats, sheep and pigs. They grew a variety of crops and appear to have been part of an extensive trade network. Entitled ‘Cucuteni-Trypillya. Una grande civilta’ dell’antica Europa’ (Cucuteni-Trypillya: A Great Civilization of Ancient Europe), the Rome exhibition runs in Palazzo della Cancelleria until October 31.

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