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Author : David Hilary Trump
ISBN : UOM:39015063279213
Genre : History
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The large stone temple structures on Malta are amongst the earliest such constructions in the world, long before the pyramids were built in Egypt. This super book forms a pictorial record of all the temples on Malta, whilst also providing background information on the social and cultural history of the period. Built between c.3500 and 2500 BC, the temples reflect, and were part of, a period of great development on Malta and Gozo, especially in artistic and architectural terms. This is a clear, well illustrated account of the temple-building period, as well as of what went before and what came after.
Category: History


Author : Anthony Bonanno
ISBN : UOM:39015064098489
Genre : History
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Supported by numerous colour photographs by Daniel Cilia, this well-presented book surveys the archaeological heritage of Malta, focusing on the classical period rather than the island's more celebrated prehistoric past. Photographs, plans and reconstruction drawings present archaeological sites, tombs, coins, ceramics, artworks, extraordinary objects and other items from everyday life, dating to the Phoenician, Punic and Roman periods in turn, representing 1,500 years of history. Bonanno's narrative discusses this material evidence and considers what it reveals about the identity, culture, interaction, funerary beliefs, economy and government of Malta's rulers. The physical organisation of the island is explored through maps while inscriptions are examined as sources for religion and administration. Significant archaeological remains survive from these periods, including towns, villas and harbours, demonstrating the significance of Malta within the Mediterranean as a major trading stop. This book provides an invaluable guide to that heritage.
Category: History

The Oxford Handbook Of Prehistoric Figurines

Author : Timothy Insoll
ISBN : 9780191663093
Genre : Social Science
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Figurines dating from prehistory have been found across the world but have never before been considered globally. The Oxford Handbook of Prehistoric Figurines is the first book to offer a comparative survey of this kind, bringing together approaches from across the landscape of contemporary research into a definitive resource in the field. The volume is comprehensive, authoritative, and accessible, with dedicated and fully illustrated chapters covering figurines from the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australasia and the Pacific laid out by geographical location and written by the foremost scholars in figurine studies; wherever prehistoric figurines are found they have been expertly described and examined in relation to their subject matter, form, function, context, chronology, meaning, and interpretation. Specific themes that are discussed by contributors include, for example, theories of figurine interpretation, meaning in processes and contexts of figurine production, use, destruction and disposal, and the cognitive and social implications of representation. Chronologically, the coverage ranges from the Middle Palaeolithic through to areas and periods where an absence of historical sources renders figurines 'prehistoric' even though they might have been produced in the mid-2nd millennium AD, as in parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The result is a synthesis of invaluable insights into past thinking on the human body, gender, identity, and how the figurines might have been used, either practically, ritually, or even playfully.
Category: Social Science

Malta And Gozo

Author : Juliet Rix
ISBN : 9781784770259
Genre : Gozo Island (Malta)
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Packed with historical and archaeological facts from the Stone Age to the Romans, the Knights Hospitaller to World War II, it also showcases the islands' wildlife (and bird-watching opportunities), summer festas, and the less commercialised islands of Gozo and Comino.
Category: Gozo Island (Malta)

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum

Author : Anthony Pace
ISBN : 9993239933
Genre : Antiquities, Prehistoric
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Originally thought to be a Christian catacomb when it was first discovered in 1902, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum turned out to be a cemetery many centuries older. This book offers a concise history of the discovery and excavation of the site near Casal Paola on Malta, set within the context of prehistoric death cults and collective burial practices on this and neighbouring islands. Now a UNESCO World Heritage site, the site is know to date back to at least 4000BC, probably earlier, and was in use over many centuries with various phases of elaboration and expansion. The many colour photographs present a vivid picture of the interior entranceways and underground caves, as well as finds from the excavations including pottery, figurine and red ochre wall paintings.
Category: Antiquities, Prehistoric

The Archaeology Of Malta

Author : Claudia Sagona
ISBN : 9781107006690
Genre : History
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This book synthesizes the archaeology of the Maltese archipelago from the first human colonization c. 5000 BC through the Roman period (c. 400 AD). Claudia Sagona interprets the archaeological record to explain changing social and political structures, intriguing ritual practices, and cultural contact through several millennia.
Category: History


Author : Thomas Freller
ISBN : 9993272973
Genre : Malta
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The urban, cultural and political profile of the Maltese islands is deeply marked by the presence for 268 years of the Knights of St John. The Order has left its mark decisively in the collective memory of the Maltese. Malta: The Order of St John gives a global picture of this multinational institution in those crucial years when Grand Master L'Isle Adam moved the convent from Rhodes to Malta, when legendary Grand Master Valette withstood the Turkish assault in 1565, when Grand Masters Wignacourt, Cotoner and Carafa turned Malta into a centre of Mediterraean corsairing and Grand Masters Vilhena and Pinto tried to imitate the Central European absolutist princes. It all came to a sudden - but not unexpected - end in 1798 when Grand Master Hompesch handed over Malta to the rising star on the European horizon, Napoleon. The various diplomatic attempts of the knights to regain their island all failed. The book also provides the reader with an overview of the most important monuments connected with the knights on Malta and Gozo.
Category: Malta

Hagar Qim And Mnajdra

Author : Katya Stroud
ISBN : 9993273171
Genre : Antiquities, Prehistoric
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Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples are amongst the most popular and most visited archaeological sites on the Maltese islands. But what is it about these sites that makes them so unique? What do they tell us about the people who built them? And who discovered them? This fully-illustrated guidebook attempts to answer these questions. It highlights some of the reasons why every visitor to the sites should feel privileged and why we should all protect these sites to extend this privilege to our children.
Category: Antiquities, Prehistoric


Author : Luigi Maria Ugolini
ISBN : 9993273929
Genre : Art
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The Italian archaeologist Luigi Maria Ugolini (1895 - 1936) visited Malta on several occasions between 1924 and 1935 to study the megalithic monuments of the archipelago. An able photographer and acute observer, in the course of his work Ugolini gathered together a large number of photographs, illustrations, notes, and reports dedicated to the prehistoric temples and the archaeological objects found within. The Italian scholar wanted to prove in an unequivocal manner the neolithic date of the megalithic temples of Malta and to assert the important role that Malta had in giving birth to Mediterranean civilization ('ex Medio lux'). The work of Ugolini was interrupted by his sudden death that occurred just before the publication of the series of volumes ('Malta Antica') which he had planned. The main theories of the Italian archaeologist were put forth in 1934 in the volume Malta. Origine della civilta mediterranea. The monograph represents a seminal part of Ugolini's archaeological thought and is a necessary premise to the final publication of his precious archive. Held in Rome at the Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico 'Luigi Pigorini', the archive has been re-discovered thanks to a collaborative Italo-Maltese project and will be published shortly by Midsea Books. The text of Malta. Origine della civilta mediterranea is here being re-published together with an English translation and is preceded by an comprehensive introduction that allows the reader to place Ugolini's work in the context of the tormented political scenario of the time. Published with the support of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry for Culture, Malta.
Category: Art

The Human Form In Neolithic Malta

Author : Isabelle Vella Gregory
ISBN : 999327058X
Genre : Art
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A unique study on the figurative art of the people who lived in Malta some 5000 years ago. The prehistoric statues and figurines discovered in Malta's many megalithic temples and underground cemeteries are part of a rich material culture that has intrigued archaeologists and the public alike. Of these figures, those that depict the human form are perhaps most interesting, and have been studied in detail by Simon Stoddart, Caroline Malone and Anthony Bonanno. This book concentrates on these particular figurines. Contains new photographs.
Category: Art