FAA 2-day seminar and tour of Malta’s Neolithic Temples

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FAA 2-day seminar and tour of Malta's Neolithic TemplesIn keeping with its role to promote awareness of Malta’s history and heritage sites, Flimkien ghal Ambjent Ahjar will be holding a one-day seminar on Malta’s Neolithic Temple culture in collaboration with the renowned archaeologist Dr David Trump and several experts in the field who will present a wide-ranging view of temple building and life with discussion time between the presentations.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, the 4th of May, at the Phoenicia Hotel, Floriana. between 9.00am-12.30pm with a lunch break and then from 1.30pm-5.00pm.

Dr David Trump will start by talking about the arrival of the first people from Sicily, their settling in Malta and their development into megalithic temple builders. The next presentation will by photographer Daniel Cilia who will show the prehistoric sites and building that we have lost through a century of development. He will also show the Neolithic sites which are still intact at present.

Dr Reuben Grima will discuss the distribution of the Neolithic sites. The temple-builders did not choose their sites by chance – they used significant places in the landscape, which had long been exploited because of the advantageous environmental conditions that they offered.

Architect Professor Alex Torpiano will explain the engineering behind the construction of the Maltese temples and the ingenuity of the prehistoric builders in managing to find simple solutions to complicated building schemes using only the limited local materials and human resources.

Professor Frank Ventura will delve into possible connections between temple orientations and celestial phenomena. The solar and star alignments at the Mnajdra Temples will be visually explained in relationship to their context in the landscape and with the other Maltese Neolithic temples.

Professor Anthony Bonanno will talk about the ritual aspect of the Neolithic temples and what religious rites could have been practised in connection with these sacred sites. He will also discuss the ceremonial statues, altars, pots and other material excavated from the Maltese temples and hypogea.

Ms Sharon Sultana will give those present a glimpse of how the temple builders lived 5,000 years ago, an insight gleaned from the human and animal figurines, statues and representations found in abundance in the Neolithic sites.

Dr David Trump will end the seminar by discussing the various hypothesis of why the culture of the temple builders suddenly collapsed around 2,500 BC.

Then on Sunday, the 5th of May 2013, FAA will be organising a day-long bus tour to Tarxien, Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Temples, the Misqa Tanks, followed by a meal and visit to the Limestone Heritage and an optional tour to the National Museum of Archaeology. While on the bus Dr Trump will be giving a commentary on the temples and will be present to answer questions at the temples. Read more

For bookings and more information please contact: bookings@faa.org.mt or phone 99820159

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