EAD 2023 Poster

The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage’s 2023 edition of European Archaeology Days includes a collaborative event at the Salina Nature Reserve alongside Heritage Malta and BirdLife Malta.

The theme of this event is the celebration of Malta’s natural and cultural heritage, providing visitors a 360ยฐ experience of Salina as both a natural reserve and a cultural treasure, defined by the anthropological and archaeological activity across millennia. Visitors have the opportunity to attend talks and tours on the expanses of Salina’s cultural heritage, as well as participate in a special VR experience on Malta’s underwater archaeology. Children’s activities, an exhibition and post-excavation processing are also ongoing throughout the day.

Have a look at the Programme of Events for a full overview of the dayโ€™s activities.

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The event, titled ๐€๐›๐จ๐ฏ๐ž & ๐๐ž๐ฅ๐จ๐ฐ ๐’๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐š: ๐€ ๐ง๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐š๐ฅ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž, was hosted at the Salina Nature Reserve in collaboration with Heritage Malta and BirdLife, and celebrated Maltaโ€™s natural and cultural heritage with a specific focus on Salina as a historic natural reserve and cultural treasure.

The event kicked off with a talk by BirdLife to set the context for the event and elaborate on the connection between the archaeological importance of Salina and its natural heritage. This was followed by another talk by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and Heritage Maltaโ€™s Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit which introduced visitors to the vast topic of Maltaโ€™s underwater cultural heritage.

The visitors then had the opportunity to participate in a special Virtual Reality experience, provided by Heritage Malta, which sought to illuminate participants on the expanses of Maltaโ€™s underwater cultural heritage and to stimulate the thrill of the underwater investigative experience. A post-excavation processing, consisting of the desalinisation of an oil lamp which was recovered recently from the depths of Salina, also formed part of an exhibition of artefacts found underwater.

The event was set to explore both Salinaโ€™s underwater cultural heritage as well as its terrestrial natural and cultural heritage. Hence, the Superintendence had also set up a station for post-excavation processing of Roman pottery that were recently recovered during trenching works at Triq is-Salini in Naxxar. The artefacts, consisting of a large bowl, a cooking pot with lid, a small plate and a jug, were therefore on exhibition at the event and undergoing a post-excavation analysis by an archaeologist of the Superintendence.

In addition, tours of the Salina Nature Reserve were ongoing throughout the day by BirdLife Malta, intended to educate visitors on the natural and ecological importance of Salina as a habitat for local bird species, as well as draw in the anthropological and cultural heritage significance of the salt pans.

A stand for BCTHubs was also set up by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage to promote the EU funded project and educate visitors on its scope and goals. The projectโ€™s innate connection to the underwater experience and underwater cultural heritage blended seamlessly with the main theme of the event. The stand proved to be successful in spreading the word and disseminating promotional material for further reach and accessibility to the general public.

Childrenโ€™s activities, consisting of a mini-salt harvesting area, was also ongoing throughout the day.

In summary, this yearโ€™s rendition of European Archaeology Days proved to be a brilliant success, which not only combined education and fun for its visitors, but also serves as inspiration for the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage to continue striving for the protection and promotion of our cultural heritage.

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