Lectures will start at 6 pm and will be given at our new premises, kindly placed at our disposal by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, 173 St Christopher Street, Valletta. The Superintendence is in lower Valletta, between St Paul Street and St Ursula Street, almost on the corner with St Ursula Street.
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Wed 21 Jan
ArchaeoEngineering and 3D Visualisation for Scientific Research in Archaeology: a study on Megalithic Hagar Qim
Lecture by Ms Suzanne Psaila, sponsored by APS Bank.
Sat 24 Jan
Viewing of two documentaries about Libya to be shown at the Archaeology Centre, University of Malta at 2:30. Libya Unknown - Waters under the Earth and Libya Unknown - A Forgotten Civilisation. These documentaries have not been shown in Malta and are being screened exclusively for members of the Archaeological Society.
Mr Michael Bonello, consultant AAB Films Productions, has very kindly offered to show the documentaries and will be giving a brief introduction.
Wed 18 Feb
Deciding what to exhibit in museums: does it really matter?
Lecture by Ms Veronica Barbara, sponsored by APS Bank.
Sat 21 Feb
Annual General Meeting
At 11 am at the Archaeology Centre on campus, followed by drinks and a snack. Afternoon site visit is a walk along Sliema seafront starting by the palm trees/petrol station in front of the Carmelite Convent St Julian's, up to Tigne. Dr Timmy Gambin, University of Malta, and Architect Edward Said, Sliema Heritage Society, will be leading the visit. Meeting at 2pm by the palm trees.
Wed 18 Mar
The Etruscan cinerary urns in the National Collection
Presentation of the artefacts by Ms Sharon Sultana, Senior Curator, National Museum of Archaeology, Heritage Malta. The location will be the National Museum of Archaeology, Republic Street Valletta. Sponsored by APS Bank.
Wed 15 Apr
Precocious foragers: Flame Pots and Figurines from Jomon Japan
Lecture by Dr Simon Kaner, Director of the Centre for Japanese Studies at the University of East Anglia and Head of the Centre for Archaeology and Heritage at the Sainsbury Institute. Sponsored by APS Bank.
Sat 25 Apr
Day trip to Gozo, taking 9:45 ferry from Cirkewwa. Details to follow.
Fri 01 May
-Sun 03 May
Weekend trip to south-east Sicily.
Sat 09 May
Site visit to Ta' Bistra catacombs
An exclusive tour of the newly opened Ta' Bistra catacombs site outside Mosta. Members will be shown round the entire site, that is the complex currently open to the public as well as sections of the site closed to the public. Members who wish to visit the whole site must be prepared to walk over rough terrain and climb a couple of ladders. Others may simply stop when the going gets tough. The price will be Eur8 with refreshments provided at the end of the tour. The tour is limited to 30 people and booking must be made by Monday 4 May latest.
Wed 20 May
A new Latin-Arabic document for Malta and Gozo (Queen Constance, November 1198) and the history of the Maltese archipelago from the 7th to the 13th centuries
Lecture by Professor Jeremy Johns, Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean. Director, Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, University of Oxford. Sponsored by APS Bank. NB The lecture will be given at 6 pm in the Aula Magna, Valletta Campus, University of Malta, St Paul Street, Valletta.
A recording of the full text of the lecture may be accessed on online.
Mon 13 Jul
Open day at Kordin III temple site.
Members are invited by the FRAGSUS team carrying out excavations to visit the site where tours will be conducted every hour on the hour between 08.00 and 12.00. You are invited to check out information about the FRAGSUS project on http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/FRAGSUS/ and http://fragsusuom.weebly.com/
Wed 21 Oct
Human Origins: A North African Perspective
Lecture by Dr Eleanor Scerri, British Academy Research Fellow, Research Laboratory for Archaeology and the History of Art, University of Oxford, Director of the Senegal Prehistory Project and Research Associate of the European Research Council Funded Palaeodeserts Project. Sponsored by APS Bank.
NB: This event will be part of International Archaeology Day on 17 October. The Society is a Collaborating Organization of International Archaeology Day organised by the Archaeological Institute of America.
Sat 07 Nov
A walk along Sliema seafront
Starting at 2 by the palm trees/petrol station in front of the Carmelite Convent St Julian's up to Tigne, led by Dr Timmy Gambin, University of Malta. POSTPONED
Wed 11 Nov
The Archaeology of Law and Order in Early England
Lecture by Professor Andrew Reynolds, Professor of Medieval Archaeology, University College London Institute of Archaeology. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VENUE WILL BE ROOM 207, ARCHAEOLOGY CENTRE, UNIVERSITY OF MALTA, MSIDA. CAR PARK 6. Sponsored by APS Bank.
Wed 09 Dec
Taking Maltese prehistory out of the box: the site of Borg in-Nadur and its Mediterranean context
Lecture by Prof. Davide Tanasi, Research Associate in Archaeology, Arcadia University, Sicily. Sponsored by APS Bank.
Sat 12 Dec
Site visit to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Dr Reuben Grima will lead a site visit to the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum which will be closed for several months in early 2016. This is a follow up to his lecture to the ASM in 2014 Journeys through the Underworld: Neolithic encounters with geological structure at the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. A guided walk through the site with Dr Grima will show the influence of the local geology on the form and layout of the Hypogeum which is of fundamental importance for a better understanding of the site . This visit will show the respect that the creators of Hal Saflieni showed for the local geology for structural reasons and will reveal that geological features themselves also acquired powerful symbolic connotations. Meeting at 1:45 at the site.
IMPORTANT THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE FIRST 20 PAID UP MEMBERS ONLY. PLEASE APPLY BY 31 OCTOBER TO SECURE YOUR PLACE AGAINST IMMEDIATE PAYMENT OF €30, OR €15 FOR SENIORS AND STUDENTS. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT BOOKING IS MADE ASAP OR WE LOSE OUR ALREADY RESERVED BUT NOT YET PAID FOR TWO SLOTS AT THE HYPOGEUM.
Wed 20 Jan
Breaking wind: the downside of recording sites in deep waters
Lecture by Dr Timmy Gambin, Senior Lecturer in Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta. Sponsored by APS Bank. POSTPONED
Wed 17 Feb
From artifacts and architecture to social organization. A new look at the Aeolian islands in the Middle Bronze Age
Lecture by Dr Gianmarco Alberti, Research Support Officer, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta, on his research in connection with the Aeolian islands. Title to be announced. Sponsored by APS Bank.
Sat 20 Feb
At 11am Annual General Meeting at the Archaeology Centre on campus, followed by drinks and a snack. POSTPONED TO 16 APRIL
At 2pm the viewing of two documentaries about Algeria at 2pm. These documentaries have not been shown in Malta and are being screened exclusively for members of the Archaeological Society. Mr Michael Bonello, consultant AAB Films Productions, has very kindly offered to show the documentaries and will be giving a brief introduction.
Sat 12 Mar
Site visit to Gnien is-Sultan, San Mikiel is-Sincier, and Qallilija tombs
All sites in the Rabat area, led by Dr Keith Buhagiar. Meeting at 2 by Nigret roundabout.
Wed 16 Mar
New excavations, new documentation techniques, new frontiers in the documentation of sites and artefacts
Lecture by Mr David Cardona, Curator of Phoenician, Roman and Medieval Sites, Heritage Malta. Sponsored by APS Bank.
Sat 16 Apr
Annual General Meeting
At 11 am at the the Archaeology Centre, University Campus, Car Park 6, followed by drinks and a snack.
Afternoon site visit is a walk along Sliema seafront starting by the palm trees/petrol station in front of the Carmelite Convent St Julian's up to Tigne'. Dr Timmy Gambin, University of Malta, and Architect Edward Said, Sliema Heritage Society, will be leading the visit. Meeting at 2pm.
Wed 20 Apr
On the Fringe of Byzantium
Lecture by Professor Paul Arthur, Director of the Post-Graduate School in Archaeology at the University of Salento. Sponsored by APS Bank.
Wed 18 May
Meeting the people of the Xagħra Circle: A re-examination of the prehistoric human bone
Presentation by Dr Ronika Power, European Research Council Fellow at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, and Research Associate of Darwin College, University of Cambridge and Mrs Bernardette Mercieca Spiteri, Osteoarchaeologist, Superintendence of Cultural Heritage Malta, member of the FRAGSUS bone crew.
The FRAGSUS Project, entitled Fragility and Sustainability in restricted island environments: Adaptation, Culture Change and Collapse in prehistory is an FP7 European Research Council (ERC) five-year interdisciplinary project launched in May 2013. FRAGSUS aims to shed new light on how the Maltese islands were transformed and exploited during the first few thousand years of human activity. FRAGSUS brings together an international team from five institutions in three countries. Queen's University Belfast is the Host Institution leading the project (Professor Caroline Malone principal investigator), together with the University of Cambridge, the University of Malta, the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage (Malta) and Heritage Malta.
Sponsored by APS Bank.
Wed 18 May
Results from the Xemxija cores and Marsa Core 2
Lecture by Dr Katrin Fenech, Research Support Officer, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta. Sponsored by APS Bank. POSTPONED
If there is any member who is in a position to share his/her area of archaeological interest with members of the Society, whether in the form of a lecture or a site visit, please contact the Hon. Secretary, Archaeological Society.
Last Update: 19 Jan 2016