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.