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Title: Revisiting Wied ir-Rum : some recent archaeological discoveries
Authors: Buhagiar, Keith
Keywords: Wied ir-Rum (Dingli, Malta)
Wied ir-Rum (Dingli, Malta) -- History
Archaeology -- Malta -- History
Archaeological sites -- Malta
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Malta Historical Society
Citation: Buhagiar, K. (2013). Revisiting Wied ir-Rum: some recent archaeological discoveries. Melita Historica, XVI(1), 77-108.
Abstract: The historical and archaeological potential of Wied ir-Rum was brought to the forefront in 1995 when a box-like room, having the technical idiosyncrasies of a late medieval church, was discovered by Prof. Alain Blondy at Simblija. The structure was tentatively associated with the long-lost church of Santa Maria ta’ Callus, which was formally deconsecrated in 1636. On-going non-invasive fieldwork at Wied ir- Rum led to the detection of other archaeologically important features. The most significant of these is a meticulously cut rectangular-shaped subterranean chamber which this study tentatively associates with the church of San Ġakbu (St James), mentioned by Pietro Dusina in his 1575 visitation report. A reinterpretation of the archaeological significance of a subterranean, circular-shaped bath at Ta’ Baldu is also attempted. The bath was formerly tentatively dated to the Roman period, but new evidence, makes the late medieval period a more probable option. Another cave in the Il-Qattara area has been tentatively associated with a subterranean centimolo for which no historical documentation survives.
ISSN: 10216952
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