Open Access: Site, Artefacts and Landscape: Prehistoric Borġ in-Nadur, Malta
by Davide Tanasi and Nicholas C. Vella. 450 pages; illustrated throughout in black & white. Praehistorica Mediterranea 3, first published in 2011 by Polimetrica. Exclusive to Open Access. 3 2011. ISBN 9788876992230.
The Bronze Age of the Maltese archipelago has long been overlooked by archaeologists whose attention has mostly been focused on the Late Neolithic temples. This book attempts to understand the islands’ Bronze Age society in the course of the second millennium BC by exploring the history of Borg in-Nadur in south-east Malta. The site of a megalithic temple and re-used in later periods when a fortified settlement was built on the plateau, Borg in-Nadur was visited by travellers and antiquarians in the course of the Early Modern period, and was investigated by archaeologists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This collection of essays discusses the early attempts to understand the site, and presents a comprehensive catalogue of the finds that have never been properly published. It also considers the site in its local landscape setting and in its regional south-central Mediterranean context, and explores issues related to past and present public outreach and site management.
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