Archaeological treasures trove

02 Sep 2014 8:07 AM | Anonymous

Archaeological treasures trove

Sometimes events combine to send a message. Over the past fortnight, three events in the cultural heritage field have occurred that offer cause for hope and concern. Together, they bring home to all that, lying in the ground that we walk on and in the seas that surround us, is a trove of archaeological treasures going back hundreds and, sometimes, thousands of years.

Malta’s proximity to the major civilisations of the central Mediterranean, its involvement in the great conflicts of the region have given us a depth of history and cultural heritage disproportionate to our size. Due to our extraordinary 7,000-year history, we have, after Rome, the largest number of monuments and historic sites worthy of saving per square kilometre. Many of these even enjoy world heritage status.

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