The Maltese archipelago is a unique barometer for understanding
cultural change in the central Mediterranean. Prehistoric people
helped reshape the islands' economy and when Mediterranean maritime
highways were being established, the islands became a significant
lure to Phoenician colonists venturing from their Levantine
homeland. Punic Malta also sat at the front line of regional
hostilities until it fell to Rome. Preserved in this island setting
are signs of people's endurance and adaptation to each new
challenge. This book is the first systematic and up-to-date survey
of the islands' archaeological evidence from the initial settlers
to the archipelago's inclusion into the Roman world (c.5000 BC-400
AD). Claudia Sagona draws upon old and new discoveries and her
analysis covers well-known sites such as the megalithic structures,
as well as less familiar locations and discoveries. She interprets
the archaeological record to explain changing social and political
structures, intriguing ritual practices and cultural contact
through several millennia.
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