Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory

BOOKS | 2011

4 March 2012

Site, Artefacts and Landscape. Prehistoric Borġ in-Nadur, Malta

Edited by Davide Tanasi & Nicholas C. Vella

Site, Artefacts and Landscape. Prehistoric Borġ in-Nadur, Malta

City: Monza

Year: 2011

Publisher: Polimetrica

Series: Praehistorica Mediterranea 3

Description: Paperback, 450 p., b/w and coloured figures, dvd included


The Bronze Age of the Maltese archipelago has long been overlooked by archaeologists whose attention has mostly been focused on the Late Neolithic temples. This book attempts to understand the islands’ Bronze Age society in the course of the second millennium BC by exploring the history of Borġ in-Nadur in south-east Malta. The site of a megalithic temple and re-used in later periods when a fortified settlement was built on the plateau, Borġ in-Nadur was visited by travellers and antiquarians in the course of the Early Modern period, and was investigated by archaeologists in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. This collection of essays discusses the early attempts to understand the site, and presents a comprehensive catalogue of the finds that have never been properly published. It also considers the site in its local landscape setting and in its regional south-central Mediterranean context, and explores issues related to past and present public outreach and site management.


Davide Tanasi & Nicholas C. Vella, ‘Introduction’ [1-12]

Anton Bugeja, ‘Understanding the past: Borġ in-Nadur in antiquarian and early archaeological literature’ [15-44]

Nicholas C. Vella, Maria Elena Zammit & Anton Bugeja, ‘Borġ in-Nadur: the excavations of Margaret A. Murray and David H. Trump’ [45-69]

Davide Tanasi, ‘The prehistoric pottery’ [71-158]

Maxine Anastasi, ‘The post-prehistoric pottery’ [159-172]

Clive Vella, ‘The lithics’ [173-194]

Carlo Veca, ‘The small finds’ [195-222]

Reuben Grima & Joanne Mallia, ‘A tale of two ridges: topography, connectivity and use at Borġ in-Nadur and Tas-Silġ’ [225-250]

Nicholas C. Vella, Davide Tanasi & Maxine Anastasi, ‘Mobility and transitions: the south-central Mediterranean on the eve of history’ [251-282]

Davide Tanasi, ‘Living and dying in a foreign country: Maltese immigrants in Middle Bronze Age Sicily?’ [283-337]

Reuben Grima, ‘Hercules’ unfinished labour: the management of Borġ in-Nadur and its landscape’ [341-372]

Sharon Sultana, ‘Presenting the Bronze Age to the public at the National Museum of Archaeology’ [373-392]

Filippo Stanco, Davide Tanasi & Dalma Cultrera, ‘Virtual reconstruction of the Borġ in-Nadur megalithic temple’ [393-412]

Davide Tanasi & Nicholas C. Vella, ‘Taking stock’ [413-416]


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