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Medieval Malta’s landscape, hydrology and culture

An abandoned cave-dwelling at Baħrija. Photo: Keith Buhagiar

An abandoned cave-dwelling at Baħrija. Photo: Keith Buhagiar

Dr Keith Buhagiar will deliver a talk entitled ‘Medieval Malta: an island satellite in the lee of Sicily: its landscape, hydrology and culture’ tomorrow at the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, Valletta.

Between AD 1000 and 1530, the Maltese archipelago was intimately drawn into the Sicilian sphere of influence. The Maltese cave-dwelling phenomenon probably began the 12th century as a result of new attitudes adopted following the second Norman conquest of AD1127. A strong troglodytic tradition during this period is probably connected to orchestrated attempts aimed at increasing the agricultural and hydrological output of specifically designated countryside areas of Malta and Gozo.

The talk, which is part of the Archaeological Society’s lecture programmes supported by APS Bank, will be held tomorrow at 6pm at the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, 173, St Christopher Street, Valletta. For further details visit www.archsoc.org.mt.

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