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|Title:||Introduction : the Intellectual and Historical Context|
|Other Titles:||Mortuary customs in prehistoric Malta : excavations at the Brochtorff Circle at Xagħra (1987-94)|
Trump, David H.
|Keywords:||Archaeology -- Malta -- Xaghra|
Temple period -- Malta -- Xaghra
Ggantija Temples (Xaghra, Malta)
|Publisher:||McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research|
|Citation:||Malone, C., Stoddart, S., Bonanno, A., Gouder, T., Grima, R., & Trump, D. (2009). Introduction: the Intellectual and Historical Context. In C. Malone, S. Stoddart, A. Bonanno, D. Trump, T. Gouder & A. Pace (Eds.), Mortuary customs in prehistoric Malta: excavations at the Brochtorff Circle at Xagħra (1987-94) (pp. 1-16). Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.|
|Abstract:||The prehistoric society which built the monuments of the Maltese Islands has been established, since the 1970s, as one of the most precocious pre-urban communities of the world. Their stone 'temples' were constructed from the first half of the fourth millennium to their florescence in the mid third millennium BC, at a time when most other late Neolithic communities of Europe lacked the same material evidence for creativity or capacity to mobilize local resources. It is only relatively recently that the pre-eminence of these monuments as the oldest free-standing stone buildings in the world has been challenged by discoveries in northern Mesopotamia (Badischen Landesmuseum Karlsruhe 2007; Schmidt 2006) dating to a much earlier period. In spite of this potential loss of the special status of precedence, these large-scale monuments and their context remain of international importance.|
|Appears in Collections:||Mortuary customs in prehistoric Malta: excavations at the Brochtorff Circle at Xagħra (1987-94)|
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