Mgarr ix-Xini Wirja - 2007

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Archaeological surveying and excavations undertaken during these last three years as part of the Mgarr ix-Xini Valley Regional Park Project are the subject of an exhibition set up by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage in conjunction with the Department of Classics and Archaeology of the University of Malta on an initiative of the Xewkija and Sannat Local Councils.

The Mgarr ix-Xini Valley Regional Park Project was launched some years back by the Xewkija and Sannat Local Councils. As part of this project, an archaeological survey is being carried out covering the entire Mgarr ix-Xini Valley, while a particular area of the valley – known as Ghar ix-Xih – is being subjected to archaeological excavations. Both survey and excavations are being undertaken jointly by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and the Department of Classics and Archaeology of the University of Malta with the support of the two mentioned local councils.

The aim of the exhibition was to make the public aware of the progress reached so far as part of this project. At the same time, the public was given the opportunity to appreciate more what is going on, realized the value of the rich patrimony to be found at Mgarr ix-Xini Valley, and lends support towards the efforts being done to protect it from illegal dumping, waste, and proposed projects which threaten this patrimony.

The exhibition was hosted by both Xewkija and Sannat localities. It was inaugurated first at the Xewkija Rosa Magro Primary School hall by Hon. Francis Zammit Dimech, Minister of Tourism and Culture, on Saturday, 11th August 2007 at 10.30 a.m. and remained open until Saturday, 18th August. Then, on Monday, 20th August 2007 at 7.30 p.m., it was opened at the Sannat Profs. Guze Aquilina Primary School hall with a series of lectures demonstrating the work being carried out. It remained open until Sunday, 26th August.

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