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The Italian Archaeological Mission in Malta



The Italian Archaeological Mission in Malta

From early research activities to more recent insights.


Prof. Alberto Cazzella (Sapienza University of Rome)
Dr. Giulia Recchia (University of Foggia)
"The Late Neolithic megalithic complex of Tas-Silġ and its occupation over the Bronze Age "

Prof. Grazia Semeraro (University of Salent)
Dr. Francesca Bonzano (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore)
"The sanctuary in the Punic-Hellenistic period: a new insight"

Prof. Maria Giulia Amadasi (Sapienza University of Rome)
“Phoenician gods at Tas-Silġ: data from the inscriptions”

The Italian Archaeological Mission in Malta is constituted by the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Foggia and the University of Salento. First research activities took place between 1963 and 1970 at the sites of Tas-Silġ and S. Pawl Milqi in Malta and Ras-il-Wardija on Gozo.
Fieldwork at Tas-Silġ was then resumed in 1995 and continued until 2011. The exceptional long-lasting site of Tas-Silġ is characterised by the presence of a complex of Late Neolithic megalithic buildings (3rd millennium BC), which was continuously occupied throughout the Bronze Age (2nd millennium BC). In the Phoenician-Punic period (8th-2nd centuries BC) the megalithic complex was transformed into a sanctuary dedicated to Astarte, and later in the Roman Republican phase (2nd-1st centuries BC) to the goddess Hera‐Juno. Finally during the Byzantine period it became a Christian cultic place.Research activities of the Mission, sustained by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, are carried out in the framework of the collaboration with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and Heritage Malta.



Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Time: At 6:30 pm

Organized by : Ambasciata d'Italia a Malta, Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


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