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« on: August 25, 2005, 12:38:31 PM »

Archaeological discoveries at Mdina and Marsa

Anthony Pace

The letter Uncovered Ruins That Remain Buried by Paul Pace (August 16) reflects a poor understanding of the role of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage with regard to the archaeological discoveries made recently at Mdina and Marsa.

Mr Pace also shows a poor understanding of the circumstances surrounding these recent discoveries, in spite of having information from "reliable sources". Rather, Mr Pace chose to launch an attack on me by presenting a fragmented version of what he purports to be factual.

He should note that the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage is not responsible for either the Mdina paving project or for the Marsa flood relief project.

The first is the responsibility of the Mdina Rehabilitation Committee and the project coordinator, Ray Bondin. The Marsa project is being developed by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Resources. Common to both projects are a number of factors. Foremost among these is archaeology. But equally important are the urgent social and economic constraints that surround these projects.

In the case of Mdina, a great deal of information was gathered by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage by means of archaeological excavations prior to the start of the paving works.

In 2000 archaeological excavations were carried out in connection with the laying of new public utilities. These were the first large-scale archaeological investigations to be carried out in Mdina.

Since then further research excavations have been opened up by the Superintendence in other areas of the old capital. The most prominent of these was an extensive investigation, earlier this year, that reached down several metres in Mdina's Cathedral Square. This trench once again provided useful information on Mdina, which we now know to have been established some time around 1500 BC, if not earlier.

Mr Pace rightly states that the Mdina paving project has been underway for almost three years. What he fails to say, however, is that neither Mepa nor the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage was presented with proposals for the adequate public display of these recently discovered archaeological remains in Cathedral Square.

Such proposals should have been forthcoming from the Mdina Rehabilitation Committee and its architects. To date I have not received any planning or design proposals for such solutions.

The priority of the Superintendence was therefore to recover archaeological information and to protect the archaeological remains in a totally reversible manner, and which would offer a cheap and sustainable conservation solution.

In conformity with long-standing professional practice followed locally by the University of Malta, the University of Cambridge, the Missione Archaeologica Italiana a Malta, the former Museums Department and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, it was decided that in the unfortunate absence of a project proposal from the Mdina Rehabilitation Committee, the archaeological discoveries would be protected by controlled back-filling.

If, and once, an alternative cover is designed for these archaeological remains, the back-filling can be easily removed in a matter of days and with significantly less disruption than those created by current paving works.

Leaving archaeological remains exposed to the elements without providing prompt conservation treatment is very hazardous to their preservation. Such remains must also be regularly maintained and funds must be provided for their adequate display and protection. This may imply, by way of example, the construction of roofed structures over the remains for long-term protection. Such conditions are not as yet present at Cathedral Square.

The danger of such uncontrolled situations was recently demonstrated by the stretch of monumental ancient Roman remains that were exposed in Mdina, at Villegangnon Street, since 2001. Without proper conservation treatment, these remains rapidly turned a vivid green in colour due to algae infestation. Other problems noted at these sites were localised collapse of earth sections and pollution by urban refuse. Matters were so bad that the Mdina Rehabilitation Committee itself eventually carried out the re-burial of these remains.

Scientific re-burial of unattended archaeological remains is after all a practice totally in line with the recommendations of the Council of Europe Valletta Convention (1992) on the Protection of the Archaeological Heritage and of the ICOMOS Charter for the Protection and Management of the Archaeological Heritage (1990).

The Marsa flood-water relief project presents a different scenario. The Superintendence was informed by the architects of the Works Department that the new water channel is essential in order to avert extensive damage to industry located in the Marsa area, as a result of annual flooding. The same architects also stated categorically that the trench could not be relocated to another geographic location due to overriding topographic reasons.

In spite of this, the Superintendence took immediate steps to halt the development in order to safeguard the emerging archaeological remains and Works Division was asked to design mitigating measures. The proposed mitigation measures include a realignment of the channel's rout.

As a result of this re-alignment, a large portion of this development has now been moved away from the archaeological remains. However, a certain amount of overlap still exists along part of the amended rout. For this reason, the Works Division was also asked to reduce the total depth of the proposed water channel to avoid physical contact with the ancient remains.

These remains lie about two metres below the present surface level. A final feature of the redesigned project is the total reversibility of the structural elements of the water channel itself. Such reversibility will allow the complete removal of the channel construction should future circumstances so permit.

The redesign of the trench has been possible because of extensive archaeological recording that is being carried out on site. This recording was a pre-condition to further development proceeding on site.

The fieldwork also ensured that the extent of the visible archaeological remains could be identified in order to better re-align the proposed channel.

Admittedly, identifying a solution at Marsa has not been easy due to the direct conflict of national interests over this site. This notwithstanding, the newly discovered archaeology at Marsa has been safeguarded from destruction and has been made available for further scientific research, even in the near future. This is a positive outcome, which could not have been possible in the years preceding the enactment of the Cultural Heritage Act in 2002.

The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage is still active at Marsa, monitoring works and negotiating heritage preservation and research issues with the developer. This continued presence of the Superintendence is our best guarantee that the site will not be damaged and will be saved to culture and science.

Contrary to Mr Pace's assertions, the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage has done its utmost to ensure the protection of the archaeological heritage in difficult circumstances. The adopted solutions provide a compromise between allowing development to proceed while protecting archaeological remains. It is therefore most unfortunate that Mr Pace has chosen to penalise a group of dedicated professionals who have worked hard to conduct much needed research and protection of heritage assets in the face of development.

Mr Pace is Superintendent of Cultural Heritage

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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2010, 02:51:16 PM »

Quote from: etoile noir
Thursday, 22nd April 2010 - 12:47CET
 
Ancient tomb unearthed in Attard
 
 
 
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               Government workers stumbled on an ancient tomb during excavation works at ?nien ?al Warda in Attard this morning.
The tomb including skeletal remains and an amphora.
Attard Local Council, which is responsible for the works, immediately alerted the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, whose experts are trying to date the find.
Council officials said the remains could be over 2,500 years old.
 
 
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« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2010, 12:35:12 AM »

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boqq -confused- perhaps someone who is now trying to dig up great great great grand parents in a futile attempt to show fine maltese gentry in one's bloodline? -unsure-

Look on the bright side...we?ve unearthed so many skeletons we might even find the missing link soon. No sooner do we bury our newly dead into the ground than we dig out the ancient ones.Circle of life? No...Circle of death !
What we really should be worrying about is the skeletons in our closet...LOL.
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2011, 04:40:46 PM »

RUNES


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Find yourself and know everything.
 
Keep your self.
 
The power of your Spirit makes you free.
 
I am my law.
 
Your blood is your most costly treasure.
 
Guard the center of the world within you - and you will rule the world.
 
Do not oppose your destiny - give it meaning.
 
Master yourself and thereby control the power of your enemy.
 
Safeguard the eternal fire.
 
Do not fear death.
 
The creative spirit will win.
 
Your life is in the hands of God - confide in the God that is within you.
 
First learn to lead, and then start marching.
 
Be a man.
 
Think of the end.
 
Magic marriage is the deepest root of the Hyperborean Aryans.
 
Know thyself and be a god.
 
 

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The Runes are older than the alphabeth.
They are sacred symbols at least, 60,000 years old.
They originate in the Hyperborean Age.
 
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« Reply #6 on: January 29, 2012, 06:36:59 PM »

http://www.forbiddenknowledgetv.com/videos/biology/mysterious-hominids-from-the-denisova-cave.html
 
DENISOVA CAVE
White homonids 160,000 years ago.
Moving West across the vast Russian spaces.
 
Compare with The Malta Settlement Siberia and nearby Buret (22,000 BC)
http://www.folklore.ee/folklore/vol18/pa06.pdf
 
Further reading about The Malta Settlement Siberia:
http://www.vivamalta.net/index.php/topic,287.msg2120.html#msg2120
 
All this nonsense about "We are all coming out of Africa".
Homonids developed seperately and evolved their seperate ways.
Europids have nothing in common with the Black or Negrid Race.
 
Mixing the two together is a sin against Mother Nature.
A dysgenic disaster than cannot be rectified or undone - except by sterilization of the offspring.
Cosmic Laws are what they are.
 
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2012, 10:34:17 PM »

http://xn--identit-fwa.com:80/blog/2012/01/29/popolazioni-africane-non-del-tutto-umane/
 
And here is the difference between White and Black.
Whites were roaming Asia (Siberia) 160,000 years and more ago.
40,000 years ago, the Black race was born: a fusion of homonids and... (political correctness please!)
 
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2012, 10:49:15 AM »

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Good question.
The Siberia "Malta Settlement" is named as such because of the similarity with Malta's temples.
And the artifacts discovered are so similar: including the "Spiral Maltese Stone" - Same Aryan People.
 
This Malta Spiral Stone is of great significance: Sacred Tradition.
It harks back to Hyperborean times: and further back to our distant origins in Aldebaran etc., some 400 million years ago.
Hence the inevitability of our Sacred Island, as the Oracle of the coming Imperium.
 
Our galaxy has some 100,000,000,000 stars and planets.
NASA sent its first, deep space probe satellite to Aldebaran! 65 light years away. Why?
Because NASA knows, through Sumerian lettered messages, by Sigrun and Maria Orsich, that the White Race originated there.
 
Read my Fabulae Melitae.
It makes references to The Malta Settlement and Buret.
http://www.vivamalta.net/index.php/topic,26.msg23498.html#msg23498
 
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Readspace probe was sent to...The  Aldebaran system!
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012, 11:23:13 PM »

Maya discovery at Guatemala exposes glyphs that say the world won't end in 2012

 By Peter Farquhar



     Mayan Astronomers height=366   

The painted figure of a man through the doorway of an ancient dwelling in the Maya city Zultun in northeastern Guatemala. Archaeologists have found the small room where royal scribes apparently used walls like a blackboard to keep track of astronomical records and the society's intricate calendar some 1,200 years ago. AP / National Geographic, Tyrone Turner


 
         Mayan wall height=237   

An artist's reconstruction of a wall scrawled with painted figures. Picture: H Hurst 
     
  • Glyphs found on wall predate Dresden Codex
  • Count out 7000-year calendar
   
  In a recently excavated house, archaeologists have found one wall scrawled with hundreds of numbers, which the team says relate to the Mayan calendar.
The tiny, millimetre-thick, red and black glyphs are "unlike any seen before" at other Maya sites.
"For the first time we get to see what may be actual records kept by a scribe, whose job was to be official record keeper of a Maya community," archaeologist William Saturno of Boston University, who led the exploration and excavation, said.
"It's like an episode of TV's Big Bang TheoryMayan wall height=366Mayan Astronomers height=3668012 just doesn't have the same ring to it.
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