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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 23 Oct

Four decades later: revisiting Honor Frost's excavation at Mellieha Bay
Lecture by Dr Timmy Gambin, sponsored by APS Bank.

Sat 26 Oct

Site visit to Mellieha and Selmun
Led by Mr Ernest Vella. Meeting at 2 in front of Mellieha parish church.
NB The Society is a Collaborating Organization of the 3rd International Archaeology Day organised by the Archaeological Institute of America. Events in October will this year be part of the 3rd International Archaeology Day on 19 October.

Wed 20 Nov

Revisting Ramla l-Hamra - a Roman villa and its setting
Lecture by Mr Christian Mifsud, sponsored by APS Bank.

Sat 23 Nov

Day trip to Gozo
Led by Dr Anton Bugeja, taking 9:45 ferry from Cirkewwa. Here is a tentative outline, subject to change, of sites to be visited. Morning: Xewkija for cart-ruts and dolmen at Ta' Blankas as well as the rock-cut pans at Mgarr ix-Xini. Lunch, against payment, at a venue to be decided upon. Afternoon: visit to the salt-pans at Tal-Arloggar, written up in Treasures of Malta, Summer 2013. Possible visit to Santa Verna, Borg Gharib or L-Imrejsbiet. Transport is being organised by minibus, against pre-payment, with pick up points in Malta to be decided upon. A minibus will be available in Gozo. Those interested in using the minibus should contact the Hon. Secretary by 10 November.

Wed 11 Dec

Revisiting Wied ir-Rum: the Tal-Callus and Simblija estates and other recent archaeological discoveries
Lecture by Mr Keith Buhagiar, sponsored by APS Bank.


Wed 15 Jan

An archaeology of the senses: prehistoric Malta
Lecture by Dr Robin Skeates, sponsored by APS Bank.

Wed 29 Jan

Journeys through the Underworld: Neolithic encounters with geological structure at the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Lecture by Dr Reuben Grima, sponsored by APS Bank. POSTPONED TO 12 MARCH.

Sat 08 Feb

Annual General Meeting at 11 am in the Archaeology Centre, University campus, Car Park 6. There are ample parking facilities on the weekend. It will be followed by drinks and a snack. In the afternoon there will be a walk, led by Dr Anton Bugeja, to Wied Qirda, limits of Qormi. This is a challenging 5 kilometre walk passing by the Chapel of the Visitation (Wied Qirda), Qabar tal-Ingliza and Ghar Hanzira. The road is rough with occasional tricky but manageable slopes. Stout shoes and comfortable clothes essential. For those who cannot make the AGM we'll be meeting in front of Zebbug Parish Church at 2pm.

Wed 19 Feb

New excavations at the Ghajn Tuffieha Baths: a reassessment of a 'known' site
Lecture by Mr David Cardona, sponsored by APS Bank.

Sat 22 Feb

Site visit to the Ghajn Tuffieha Baths
Led by Mr David Cardona. POSTPONED TO 15 MARCH

Wed 12 Mar

Journeys through the Underworld: Neolithic encounters with geological structure at the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Lecture by Dr Reuben Grima, sponsored by APS Bank.

Sat 15 Mar

Site visit to the Ghajn Tuffieha Baths
Led by Mr David Cardona.

Wed 26 Mar

The origins of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England: an archaeological mystery and attempts to solve it
Lecture by Dr Sheila Watson, sponsored by APS Bank.

Sat 29 Mar

Site visit to the Wignacourt Museum, Rabat
At 2 pm. The Wignacourt Museum has agreed to provide a private guided tour of the Museum and its precincts, led by one of its curators. The entrance fee will be at the specially reduced group price of €3.50 pp.

Wed 09 Apr

Making space, creating memories: some new thoughts on Maltese prehistory
Lecture by Dr Isabelle Vella Gregory, sponsored by APS Bank.

Wed 23 Apr

Lecture by Professor Caroline Malone, Professor of Prehistory at the School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology, Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Sponsored by APS Bank. Title to be announced.

Sat 03 May

From the vineyard to the press
Morning seminar at Palazzo Gomerino, Ghemieri, limits of Rabat at 10:30, sponsored by APS Bank.
Presentations will be given by
Dr Nicholas Vella and Professor Anthony Bonanno, co-directors of the Zejtun Roman Villa Project A Punic vineyard in Zejtun: preliminary results of the University of Malta's excavations at the Zejtun Roman villa
Professor Anthony Bonanno The rock-cut wine presses of the Maltese islands
Mr Keith Buhagiar The water supply resources of Gomerino estate
The presentations will be followed by a tour of the old Palazzo wine cellars. A complimentary glass of wine, still made there by descendants of the Testaferrata Abela family, will be offered by Mr and Mrs Tony Tabone who are kindly hosting the seminar at the Palazzo.
The seminar is open to 30 paid up members who will secure their place on a first come, first served basis by emailing me by Wednesday 23 April latest. A charge of €12 will be made, covering snacks and soft drinks. Payment in advance through a cheque made out to The Treasurer, Archaeological Society Malta, mailed to c/o The Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta, Msida MSD 2080.
Members might be interested in a ramble in the Ghemieri area in the afternoon.

Wed 21 May

Excavations within the grounds of the St Paul's catacombs complex
Lecture by Mr David Cardona, sponsored by APS Bank.

Tue 22 Jul

Open Day at the Zejtun Roman Villa site Time 08:30 - 12:00. Professor Anthony Bonanno and Dr Nicholas Vella are co-directors of the Zejtun Roman Villa Project. For more information about the site and the project please visit the project website. The site is located within the grounds of St Thomas More College, Zejtun Girls' Junior Lyceum, Bus 81. No booking required.

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.


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