The Malta Independent 23 February 2020, Sunday


Malta Independent Friday, 2 April 2004, 00:00 Last update: about 7 years ago

The event will not entail re-enactments in the same way that we have become accustomed to lately, but will seek through scientific reasoning and documentary evidence to reconstruct ways of life from the distant time of Malta's temple period.

This special event is being held at Kordin III temple at Paola which is one of 24 historic sites currently held in trust by FWA.

This pre-historic property is wedged between the Ghajn Dwieli Church and the Mcast institute opposite the Islamic mosque at the head of Corradino Hill.

Throughout the day guided tours by experts in archaeology will be provided around the site. Special hands-on interpretation will also be available by a combination of FWA volunteers and students from the Department of Archaeology at the University of Malta to suggest how corn may have been trashed, flint napped and pottery made at around the time when Kordin III temples were in use.

Experimental archaeology sessions for children are also being provided by one of FWA's resident archaeologists. Throughout such sessions young visitors will be introduced to the basic principles and techniques of archaeological studies by being offered the opportunity to 'excavate' a specially made 'archaeological pit'.

A history timeline will also be recreated to make children in particular to understand the oldness of the temple in relation to our times.

A new guide book describing the history and nature of the site will be available on the day. The book is written by Dr Nicholas C. Vella B.A. (Hons), Ph.d, (Bristol) lecturer in Archaeology at the Department of Archaeology at the University of Malta and a member of the Board of Trustees of FWA.

Free information brochure will also be distributed to those attending. The prehistory day is being held on Sunday 4 April between 10am and 4pm. It is being organised by Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna as part of its commitment to make our national heritage better appreciated through making it more attractive.

This event is partly funded by the European Union through its Euromed Heritage II programme - TEMPER ( Training, education, management and Pre-History in the Mediterranean) of which FWA is a partner.

A donation of Lm1 per visiting adult will be requested at the gate which will go towards the much needed upgrading of the site. Entrance for young persons under the age of 16 years and FWA members will be free.

For further details one may visit FWA's website at or contact FWA on telephone numbers 21 809713, 21 800992 or email at [email protected]

Arriving at the site is easy, either by following the FWA directional signs that start from Cross Roads Marsa or by taking any bus to Cottonera, stopping close to the Mosque and then follow signs.

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