The Mġarr ix-Xini Valley Regional Park Project, undertaken jointly by the Xewkija and Sannat Local Councils, incorporates a number of mini-projects. One such mini-project is an archaeological survey and study of the cultural features in the area of the same valley. This survey (and study) and the eventual publication of its results are intended to highlight the importance of these features and enhance public awareness and appreciation of the same, thus also ensuring their preservation.
The survey, commenced in the summer season of 2005 with the active participation of Superintendence of Cultural Heritage personnel and archaeology students of the University of Malta, continued during summer of 2006. The features have now all been individually documented. A GIS survey of the entire area is set to follow. The results of the survey, incorporating also a study of the same features, will be published.
However, the survey itself involves also the systematic excavation of a relatively small area falling within the limits of the park and whose archaeological potential had long been detected.
This area was therefore subjected to an archaeological excavation also undertaken jointly by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and the Department of Classics and Archaeology of the University of Malta on the initiative of the Mġarr ix-Xini Valley Regional Park Action Committee set up by the Xewkija and Sannat Local Councils with the task of coordinating the project. The excavation was initiated in the summer season of 2005 and continued during summer of the following year. A detailed archaeological report will be published following the completion of the excavation.