Borg 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 Borg in-Nadur (D. Tanasi and N. C. Vella (eds), Site, artefacts and landscape: prehistoric Borg in-Nadur, Malta. Praehistorica Mediterranea 3. Monza: Polimetrica, 2011).
About the Editors:
Davide Tanasi (Ph.D.) is Professor of Archaeology at Arcadia University, The College of Global Studies - Arcadia Sicily Center. His research interests include Mediterranean prehistory, island archaeology, archaeometry of ancient ceramics, computer graphics in archaeology, and digital communication of cultural heritage. He has authored a hundred scientific papers in these fields and produced 3D documentaries about Sicilian archaeology and cultural heritage. His publications include La Sicilia e l'arcipelago maltese nell'eta del Bronzo Medio (Palermo, 2008) and Site, Artefacts and Landscape: Prehistoric Borg in-Nadur, Malta with Nicholas C. Vella (Monza, 2011). He is editor of the international scientific journal Open Archaeology (De Gruyter) and since 2012, he has been directing the Field School in Archaeology of Arcadia University in Sicily.
Nicholas C. Vella is Senior Lecturer and Head of the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Malta, and works on Mediterranean history and archaeology. He has co-edited another volume of essays on Malta's late prehistory called Site, Artefacts and Landscape: Prehistoric Borg in- Nadur, Malta with Davide Tanasi (Monza, 2011) and contributed, with him, to the Cambridge Prehistory of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean edited by P. van Dommelen and B. Knapp (Cambridge, 2014). He edits the Malta Archaeological Review, and co-directs excavations at the Zejtun Roman Villa (Malta). He is also co-investigator of the FRAGSUS project, funded by the European Research Council, that is examining the environmental and cultural background of prehistoric Malta.
INTRODUCTION (Davide Tanasi and Nicholas C. Vella); Part I: The site and finds: 1. The excavations by David H. Trump, 1959 (Nicholas C. Vella); 2. A defensive wall with towers at Borg in-Nadur (Giuseppe Terranova); 3. The pottery from excavation campaigns of David H. Trump (1959) at the settlement of Borg in-Nadur (Davide Tanasi); 4. Archaeometric characterization of Middle Bronze Age pottery from the settlement at Borg in-Nadur (Germana Barone, Paolo Mazzoleni, Simona Raneri, Davide Tanasi, Alessandro Giuffrida); 5. A leaf impression on a pottery sherd from the settlement at Borg in-Nadur: a note (Giuseppe Baiamonte); 6. The stone artefacts from the settlement at Borg in-Nadur (Damiano Bracchitta); 7. The prehistoric shells and fossils from Borg in-Nadur (Katrin Fenech and Patrick J. Schembri); 8. Skeletal remains from Borg in-Nadur (Andrea Messina and Davide Tanasi); Part II: Additional studies: 9. The Early Bronze Age in the Maltese islands (Alberto Cazzella and Giulia Recchia); 10. The Bronze Age settlement at il-Qlegha tal-Bahrija, Malta: notes on the rock-cut features (David Cardona and MariaElena Zammit); 11. Borg in-Nadur pottery abroad: a report from the Sicilian necropoleis of Thapsos and Matrensa (Davide Tanasi); 12. Sacred stones: meaning visitors and spaces at Borg in-Nadur (Iona Muscat)