Publication proposes a new early Neolithic periodization

The book highlights the prominent role Gozo played during the first migrations.
The site of taċ-Ċawla is by far the most important Għar Dalam phase discovery up to now.

The adventurous and creative pioneers of Maltese civilization are now chronicled in an extensive book entitled The First Maltese: How It All Began in Gozo. The book encompasses a first overall treatment of the Maltese culture and achievements, with a leading part for Gozo.

More than 30 years after the game-changing early neolithic Ghar Dalam phase finds made at tac-Cawla, Victoria, this comprehensive new study will highlight the prominent role of Gozo during the first migrations that took place around 5800.

The island appears to have been a multi-cultural crossroads, with settlers navigating to and fro from a diversity of cultural spheres: the south and east coasts of Sicily, the South of Italy and even the Adriatic.

Co-authored by anthropologist and art historian Veronica Veen and historian and archeologist Adrian van der Blom, the book also proposes a new periodization for Malta´s long early Neolithic, starting with a Tac-Cawla phase (6000/5800-5200) and also involving the Skorba phase.

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