Saturday, May 28, 2011
Tas Silg is a very important, and hardly explored, archeological site in Malta. It has religious structures from the neolithic temple builders to the Phoenicians, to the Punic, to Roman to paleoChristian. The site is on the southern coast of the Island, but in ancient days, one would have been able to see the 12 km to what is now Mdina and Rabat and was, until the time of the Knights, the capital. Italian excavators found shards with inscriptions to Phon./Punic goddess Ashtarte, probably dating to 8th C BCE. Most of the remains are 1st C BC Roman.
Yesterday I was allowed to go with a group of archeology students and their professor to the site, which is not currently open. While we could not wander it, here are some photos. Some I managed with my telephoto lens. The first is from a road that cuts through the site (road built at least by the Knights). The photo with the reddish-brown dotted with white is the remains of a floor. The red is crushed pottery, with white marble tesserae (I don't think I spelled that last word correctly) inserted. The last is a general view of part of the site.