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The Archaeology of Early Modern Valletta - The case of the Auberge d ’Auvergne high-status ceramics (17th and 18th century)National Museum of Archaeology
The National Museum of Archaeology holds a collection of fine tableware discovered during the demolition of the Auberge d’Auvergne in 1965. The collection consists mostly of early 17th Cent armorial plates in stile compendiario and 18th Century rococo maiolica. Archival research into cabrei, contracts of sale and wills resulted in the identification of the social milieu to which the fine maiolica belonged – namely high-ranking functionaries of the Order of St. John. The identification of the heraldry shown on the armorial plates also allowed us to explore some of the social mechanisms involved in the ownership of fine ceramics - including aspects of aristocratic banqueting and elite gift exchange.
Rabat RBT 1202
The tour explores the Domvs Romana's function as an accommodation used by different people through various times in history.
Although, the site is well-known as a high-class residence, excavations carried out in 1920 uncovered the remains of numerous humbler Roman houses built along the road which show other social classes.
Later, in 1940, the Domvs served as a temporary home for a family who had moved from Tarxien due to the war. Anthony Spiteri spent the war years residing inside the Domvs while still working as a custodian for the then the Museums Department.
Join this tour, either in Maltese at 10.00am, or in English at 12.30pm, for an exclusive curatorial guided experience through one of Malta’s most popular ancient sites, along with a sneak peek into the current excavations.
Triq il-Missjunarji Maltin
Enjoy a magical evening at the Bistra Catacombs, with a glass of wine and refreshments at hand. Located halfway between the ancient town of Melite and the once-important harbour of Salina, Ta’ Bistra Catacombs are, so far, the largest set of tombs and catacombs which are accessible beyond the confines of the ancient city of the Island.
They were first recorded in the late 1800s but were only investigated in 1933 by Captain Charles Zammit, before part of the site was covered over by a new road leading down to Burmarrad. Further studies in 2004, 2013, and 2014, have brought the site back to life with new discoveries and hence, new interpretations.
Valletta VLT 2000
An on-line catalogue of a selection of oil-lamps from the repository of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. These oil-lamps are mostly recent discoveries and cover the main archaeological and historical periods of the Maltese Islands.
A series of online posts in which archaeologists from the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage will discuss an artefact of their choice.
Triq Hagar Qim
A performance by Kormalta and Żfinmalta of Ola Gjeilo’s renowned Sunrise Mass at the prehistoric site of Mnajdra. The audience will witness sunrise from inside this UNESCO World Heritage site as the first rays of the rising sun light up a particular point in the South building just as it has done on the first day of summer for over 5000 years. Sunrise Mass is an exceptionally light and moving piece; it conveys the composer’s modern and original take on the centuries-old tradition of sacred music. Paolo Mangiola, Artistic Director of Żfin Malta will choreograph The Spheres (Kyrie) and Identity & The Ground (Sanctus / Benedictus & Agnus Dei) of the Sunrise Mass for the dancers of his renowned company. The number of tickets available is limited. Booking is on a first come first served basis.
Triq Hagar Qim
You are invited to experience the Summer Solstice sunrise at Mnajdra on the 20th of June. This experience will include a guided tour of Mnajdra where visitors will view the first rays of the rising sun light up a particular point in the South building just as it has done on the first day of summer for over 5000 years.
The tickets can be purchased from all Heritage Malta sites and museums and from the Heritage Malta website. Limited places are available.
Triq Hagar Qim
You are invited to experience the Summer Solstice at Ħaġar Qim on the 20th of June. Participants will be given a guided tour of Ħaġar Qim, which will include seeing the first rays of the rising sun entering the Neolithic building through an elliptical hole in the monumental walls. Tickets can be purchased from all Heritage Malta sites and museums and online on shop.heritagemalta.org