Malta and Gozo, poised in the centre of the Mediterranean, have had a richly varied history over the last 7,000 years or so. Much of this history is mirrored in the surviving monuments, showing at time provincial versions of great civilizations elsewhere, at times bizarre and impressive developments seen only on these islands. There are temples, goddesses, hypogea, cemeteries, Bronze Age villages, caves, wrecks, catacombs, tombs, villas, baths, fortifications and ‘cart-ruts’.
Despite the publicity given to the major sites and collections, it is not easy for a visitor to obtain a clear picture of their relationships and significance. Of the numerous smaller but still interesting sites, few are visited at all, even by Maltese citizens. This Guide has then a dual purpose: to describe the remains and where to find them, and to show, as far as archaeological research has so far revealed it, what sites mean in the history of the islands.
Dr David Trump served as Curator of Archaeology at the national Museum of Malta for five years from 1958. In that time he visited every known site and by field survey and excavation was able to add to our understanding. This is an expert and engrossing Guide, which will enable us all to share his enthusiasm for the Maltese islands and their archaeology