Only chance to see dis­cov­ery at Rabat’s St Paul’s Mis­sion­ary School

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

To­day, for one day only, the pub­lic is in­vited to view the dis­cov­ery of the Ro­man tombs and cat­a­combs dis­cov­ered at St Paul’s Mis­sion­ary School in Rabat.

Vis­i­tors will be able to see the newly-dis­cov­ered Ro­man tombs and cat­a­combs that were un­earthed when devel­op­ment work was be­ing car­ried out at the school.

This will be a unique op­por­tu­nity to see the place be­fore devel­op­ment con­tin­ues and the site is sealed and cov­ered for con­ser­va­tion.

The dis­cov­ery of the tombs is not all that sur­pris­ing, con­sid­er­ing that they are lo­cated right next to St Paul’s and St Agatha’s cat­a­combs. On the other hand, it was re­mark­able that some of them con­tained pre­served re­mains that have been undis­turbed since Ro­man times.

The Su­per­in­ten­dence of Cul­tural Her­itage has been ex­ca­vat­ing the tombs for the past few weeks and an ar­chae­ol­o­gist and os­te­ol­o­gist have even found in­tact skele­tons of adults and chil­dren from the Ro­man pe­riod, along with a large amount of in­tact pot­tery ves­sels and other del­i­cate ob­jects that were placed with the dead at the time of their burial.

Dur­ing the open day, some of these ob­jects and hu­man bones that were col­lected from the tombs will be on dis­play. Su­per­in­ten­dence of­fi­cials will guide the pub­lic around the site and ex­plain the ob­jects that were dis­cov­ered and how they are treated and stud­ied.

A con­ser­va­tor and an os­te­ol­o­gist will also be present to dis­cuss with and show the pub­lic how they con­serve and study the ob­jects. The open day is be­ing or­gan­ised by the Rec­tor of the school, Fr Sil­vio Bezzina, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Su­per­in­ten­dence of Cul­tural Her­itage and ECA con­sul­tants.

The Open Day is be­ing held be­tween 11am and 4pm.

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