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Excavation near Ghar Dalam reveals archaeological findings

Kevin Schembri Orland Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 14:12 Last update: about 4 years ago

Excavation works right outside Ghar Dalam have revealed animal bones and other archaeological artefacts, which could potentially have come from inside the cave when earth was removed many years ago.

Heritage Malta is conducting some excavation works, in conjunction with the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, at the site near Ghar Dalam.

Culture Minister Owen Bonnici said that Ghar Dalam is still being discovered, and such excavatory work is one such example which lead to archaeological findings.

He described the cave as a unique site, and that it forms part of a golden triangle with the Borg in-Nadur temples and Ta’ Kaccatura sites

Heritage Malta Chairman Anton Refalo said that Heritage Malta’s mission statement follows three binaries.

The first, he said, is to preserve Maltese heritage. The second, is to make it accessible to the public. The third, is to show Malta’s heritage to both locals and tourists.

He said that culture does not belong to the few, and spoke of Heritage Malta’s role in teaching the public about the island’s history.

He highlighted that the project being conducted at Ghar Dalam forms part of a wider project, which will eventually see Ghar Dalam, the Borg in-Nadur temples and Ta’ Kaccatura merged into one large exhibit where people would be able to walk from one to the other.

Photos: Alenka Falzon

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