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Pre-historic structures at Xrobb l-Għaġin identified

Updated: Sep 16, 2022

Article is taken from ‘The Malta Independent’ -Wednesday 7th September 2022 (Page 2)

Remains of pre-historic structures at Xrobb l-Għaġin were identified and have started to be uncovered, more than 100 years after the first investigation on them had taken place, the government said.

The remains will be documented and studied and, if the studies show that it is possible, some parts will be detached so that they would not be lost, falling down the cliff they are on that is giving way. This is a particular project the likes of which Malta has never seen.

Information regarding the project was given during a press conference addressed by the National Heritage Minister Owen Bonnici, Heritage Malta CEO Noel Zammit and Vincent Attard from Nature Trust Malta - the entity that cares for the Xrobb l-Għaġin park.

Minister Owen Bonnici praised the dedication of the workers and explained how the process of excavating the site, without the findings and workers being put in danger, was complicated. "This clearly shows the dedication and professionalism of the workers."

Zammit described the project at Xrobb l-Għaġin as one that is ambitious, and is a tribute to the skill and experience of the Heritage Malta workers in their respective sectors, who place the agency at the forefront of this sector.

He spoke of the preceding phases of this project, where in-depth studies helped for the research zone to be identified more carefully and which included remote sensing, geological studies and a study of the seabed.

Vincent Attard said that Nature Trust is very pleased that this historical site is within a public park. He said that the remains that were being saved will be exposed to hundreds of people to visit the park.


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