The Malta Independent 22 September 2020, Tuesday

Incredible undisturbed Punic tomb found in Tarxien

Albert Galea Thursday, 21 May 2020, 13:45 Last update: about 5 months ago

An incredible, undisturbed tomb probably dating back to the Punic period has been found in Tarxien.

The tomb, which was excavated by the QP Cultural Heritage and Geomatich team together with and under the supervision of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, was found with its stone sealing slab still in place.

A rare occurrence, the undisturbed tomb revealed a chamber which an intact set of burial paraphernalia, with several untouched and completely intact urns.

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The urns on the sides of the chamber still contained ashes from cremation rituals and were accompanied by an amphora and several small sized pots which were likely to have held funerary goods.

The dating of the tomb to the Punic period means that the find is likely to date back to some 2,000 years ago.

Tarxien is known as something of an archaeological centre in Malta, with multiple findings stretching across various period of history and pre-history being made in the past century.

Foremost amongst those findings is that of Tarxien Temples in 1913, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and which dates back to between 3600 and 2500 BC.

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