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More than a thousand years ago, at the edge of Western Europe, 10th century Córdoba was the capital of Islamic Iberia, the “Jewel of the World”, symbolizing cultural and intellectual efflorescence. According to historical sources, the ruins of the mythical caliphal city-palace of Madīnat al-Zahrā were located a short distance further west of La Mezquita. The raison d’être of this citadel has been investigated from a multidisciplinary approach for more than two decades. The present investigation illustrates the significance of the roles of architecture, astronomy and philosophy at a time when Caliph Abd al-Rahman III embarked on building “The Brilliant City” in 941. While the elaborate artistic programme attests to the magnificence of the architectural styles, this research considers religious and philosophical factors as the possible prime motives behind the design of the royal ceremonial spaces.Find out more »
The first British Air Ministry Experimental System tested outside the UK, which later became known as Radar, was brought to Dingli and switched on on 27th March 1939. It was meant to be here on trial for six months. With the war being declared in September of the same year this system became the backbone of Malta's Early Warning System, detecting air raids as soon as hostile aircraft got airborne from Sicily.
Immediately a second system was sent out for reliability requirements.
A third system arrived at Dingli Cliffs in January 1941, which was a completely different system meant for low level and surface detection.
Ground to Air communications systems, Wireless Telegraphic systems, VHF Direction Finding and a set of Interference and Eavesdropping systems were also installed along Dingli Cliffs, between the Maddalena Chapel and tal-Pitkal. A number of Barracks were also built with RAF Dingli becoming a Unit entity.
As the war ended, three radar systems were installed at tal-Pitkal which were withdrawn in the early 50s.
Why is that column so small? The things I wish I had known before creating digital models (but was too embarrassed to ask)
With its long tradition of trade contacts with the eastern Mediterranean, coupled with the productivity of the region of Campania, by the 1st C AD Pozzuoli rapidly became a centre for technical and commercial expertise. Its richness in archaeological remains, coupled with its unique geological setting, has resulted in a wealth of scholarly research, particularly on specific public monuments of the port.
Pozzuoli has also been represented in many ways throughout various periods in time – paintings, etchings, narratives. A digital visualization is another form of representation that can be added to the port’s repertoire of descriptions. The talk will look at some of the more interesting aspects of the speaker’s PhD thesis, namely Pozzuoli’s geography and archaeology. It will also undertake a critical assessment of some of the digital models, and in particular how they were built using the methodology principles set out by the London Charter: what worked, what did not work – and what the speaker wished she had known at the time.
Led by Mr David Cardona, acting senior curator Phoenician, Roman and medieval sites, Heritage Malta. Heritage Malta is kindly offering members a special entrance fee. Meeting…Find out more »
The study of ancient DNA is becoming increasingly useful for gaining information which
cannot be obtained through traditional archaeological methods. The Maltese climate is not
well suited to ancient DNA preservation, and prior to Dr Josef Caruana’s Ph.D. work, no studies on DNA in a Maltese archaeological context had been carried out. Dr Caruana, a curator at Heritage Malta, will give a presentation of the work conducted on samples taken from one Temple period and two late Roman archaeological sites in Malta. Dr Caruana’s talk will also consider the limitations of such studies.
Led by Dr Maxine Anastasi, lecturer Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta. Heritage Malta is kindly offering members a special entrance fee.Find out more »
The archaeological record of the European Neolithic is marked by thousands of megalithic monuments of varied styles. Patterns in the orientation of similar megaliths betray a deliberate intent in their construction that can, in some cases, be related to topographic features or celestial events of prominence in the cosmology of their builders. This talk will introduce the field and methodologies of archaeo-astronomy, as complementary to other archaeological approaches. It will then apply them to the specific case of the megalithic structures built in Northwest Iberia during the Mid to Late Neolithic (c. 4000 cal BC). Focusing first on a cluster of passage graves in Carregal do Sal (central Portugal), a pattern in orientation is identified relating the structures to both a conspicuous mountain range on the horizon and the red star Aldebaran that would rise above it. This, it is suggested, marked the time for these Neolithic pastoralists to move to the mountain range, “following the star”. Toponymic folktales that tell similar stories are also considered. Finally, other megalithic clusters in north Portugal are also discussed, and the potential role played by such Neolithic stars discussed.Find out more »
Led by Dr Anton Bugeja, taking 9:45 ferry from Cirkewwa. Sites to be visited include Dwejra, the Gozo Citadel (excluding Museum of Archaeology), Borg l-Gharib…Find out more »
Pure Stone: The Jewish Stone-Vessel Industry andRitual-Purity Practices in the First Two Centuries of the Common Era
From about the late first century BCE, a stone-vessel industry emerged in ancient Palestine which produced a unique corpus of chalkstone vessels whose distribution is virtually limited to Jewish sites. Many scholars link the use of these vessels with Jewish purity practices. In this lecture, Dr Dennis Mizzi will present an overview of ritual purity in ancient Judaism while also exploring the use of chalkstone vessels within this framework. In addition, Dr Mizzi will present preliminary results from the recent excavation of a stone-vessel workshop at ‘Einot Amitai (near Nazareth).Find out more »
Followed by drinks and a snack. Please note that there will be no afternoon site visit.Find out more »
Lecture by Dr Naoise Mac Sweeney, associate professor of Ancient History, University of Leicester. Sponsored by APS Bank. POSTPONEDFind out more »
Lecture by Dr Timmy Gambin, senior lecturer, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta. Sponsored by APS Bank. NB The Archaeological Society Malta is…Find out more »
Led by Mr David Cardona, acting senior curator Phoenician, Roman and medieval sites, Heritage Malta, and Professor Nicholas Vella, Associate Professor of Mediterranean Archaeology and…Find out more »
Lecture by Dr Keith Buhagiar, Visiting Lecturer in Palaeochristian, Byzantine & Medieval Archaeology, Department of Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta. Sponsored by APS Bank.…Find out more »
The Archaeological Society Malta and the Circolo Gozitano are organising a seminar in Gozo about Għar Għerduf, the only catacomb site in Gozo. The speakers…Find out more »
Lecture by Dr Peter Gatt, senior lecturer on construction materials at MCAST and geotechnical and geomaterials consultant. Sponsored by APS Bank. abstractFind out more »
Lecture by Ms Ann Gustavsson, osteoarchaeologist, archivist/curator Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. Sponsored by APS Bank. abstractFind out more »
Lecture by Dr Naoíse Mac Sweeney, associate professor of Ancient History, University of Leicester. Sponsored by APS Bank. abstractFind out more »
Led by Ms Patricia Camilleri and Mrs Ann Gingell Littlejohn. Heritage Malta is kindly waiving the entrance fee but would appreciate donations on the day.…Find out more »
Lecture by Prof. Anthony Bonanno, Professor, Classics and Archaeology, University of Malta. Sponsored by APS Bank. abstractFind out more »
Lecture by Dr Amelia Robertson Brown, Senior Lecturer in Greek History & Language, Classics & Ancient History discipline, School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry, University…Find out more »
At 11am at the the Archaeology Centre, University Campus, Car Park 6, followed by drinks and a snack. Afternoon site visit to Ras ir-Raħeb, led…Find out more »
Early Christian archaeology: the first centuries up to A.D. 500. From domus ecclesia to basilica-churches, with implications relating to Roman Melita
Lecture by Fr Eugene Teuma OFM (Conv.), independent researcher. Sponsored by APS Bank. abstractFind out more »