davide tanasi

The late prehistory of Malta: Essays on Borġ in-Nadur and other sites

Edited by Davide Tanasi and Nicholas C. Vella, vii+199 pages; illustrated throughout in black & white, Archaeopress 2015.



The Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications presents the following book by Dr. Davide Tanasi. The research and compilation of the manuscript for this final publication were made possible through a grant from the Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications.

Borġ in-Nadur, on the south-east coast of the island of Malta, is a major multi-period site, with archaeological remains that span several thousand years.  In the course of the Late Neolithic, the steep-sided ridge was occupied by a large megalithic temple complex that was re-occupied in the succeeding Bronze Age.  In the course of the second millennium BC, the ridge was heavily fortified by a massive wall to protect a settlement of huts. Excavations were carried out here in 1881 and again in 1959. This volume brings together a number of contributions that report on those excavations, providing an exhaustive account of the stratigraphy, the pottery, the lithic assemblages, the bones, and the molluscs. Additional studies look at other sites in Malta and in neighbouring Sicily in an effort to throw light on the late prehistory of the south-central Mediterranean at a period when connections with regions near and far were increasing. The volume forms a companion to another monograph which concentrated on the temple remains at Borġ in-Nadur (D. Tanasi and N. C. Vella (eds), Site, artefacts and landscape: prehistoric Borġ in-Nadur, Malta. Praehistorica Mediterranea 3. Monza: Polimetrica, 2011).

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