The Malta Independent 26 May 2024, Sunday
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A day of free admission and exciting activities at Għar Dalam and Borġ in-Nadur

Tuesday, 16 April 2024, 10:30 Last update: about 2 months ago

On Saturday 20 April, Heritage Malta is inviting you to explore the Maltese Islands’ deep prehistoric past at Għar Dalam and the Borġ in-Nadur Prehistoric Complex. Both sites, located in Birżebbuġa, will be open for free.

Għar Dalam is Malta’s oldest prehistoric site. It also bears evidence of the earliest human presence on the island some 7,400 years ago. Rows of ancient animal bones, unearthed from the site’s cave and exhibited in one of the last remaining Victorian- style displays in Europe, shed light onto this bygone era.


Inside the Għar Dalam cave itself, naturally decorated with fascinating stalactites and stalagmites and a variety of rock formations, visitors experience a sense of awe in appreciation of our islands’ mystifying distant past. This site is also home to various indigenous plants and trees, and forms part of the Natura 2000 network of protected sites.

During Saturday’s open day, the public will also be able to visit the neighbouring site of Borġ in-Nadur. Uniquely positioned on high ground between two valleys – Wied Żembaq and Wied Dalam – this Neolithic site was excavated in the 1920s by eminent archaeologist Margaret Murray and proved crucial in understanding facets of Maltese prehistory.

The day will be made even brighter with various family-friendly activities, thanks to the collaboration of other entities. These include hands-on activities for children, information stands about Heritage Malta’s passport and membership schemes, as well as Heritage Malta publications for sale. Children will receive a small gik.

Both sites will be open between 9am and 5pm, with the last allowed admission at 4.30pm.


Full programme of events

Għar Dalam

10.30am: Għar Dalam tour in Maltese
11am: Storytelling
12.30pm: Għar Dalam tour in English 12.30: Storytelling
2pm: Treasure hunt
2.30pm: Tour of the valley and explanation of the Wied Dalam Project (maximum 25 people)
3pm: Storytelling
9.30am till 4pm: Face painting, foam building blocks and other games



Borġ in-Nadur

9.30am: Borġ in-Nadur tour in English
10.30am - 1pm: Archaeology stand offering hands-on activities for all ages with a selection of typical remains from an archaeological site. Participants will be able to learn about the different materials found as well as their contexts. 11.30: Borġ in-Nadur tour in Maltese.
3pm: Borġ in-Nadur tour in Maltese

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