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Title: Tarxien and the Xaghra circle : their place in Mediterranean proto-history
Authors: Bonanno, Anthony
Keywords: Archaeology -- Malta
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Malta -- Xaghra
Xaghra (Malta) -- Antiquities
Tarxien Temples (Tarxien, Malta)
Tarxien (Malta) -- Antiquities
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Malta -- Tarxien
Xaghra Stone Circle (Xaghra, Malta)
Brochtorff Circle (Xaghra, Malta)
Hypogeum (Xaghra, Malta)
Issue Date: 1991
Publisher: Laboratoire de préhistoire du Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Citation: Le Mont Bego : une montagne sacrée de l’Age du Bronze : sa place dans le contexte des religions protohistoriques du Bassin Méditerranéen = una montagna sacra dell’eta del Bronzo : la sua collocazione nel contesto delle religioni protostoriche del bacino mediterraneo = a sacred mountain of the Bronze Age : its position in the context of protohistorical religions of the Mediterranean basin : Tende, Alpes-Maritimes, du vendredi 5 au jeudi 11 Juillet 1991, Tome 2. Paris : Laboratoire de préhistoire du Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, 1991. p. 681-693
Abstract: This paper is inspired by the striking similarity in the stratigraphic relationship between a prehistoric archaeological site discovered and excavated almost eighty years ago on the island of Malta, the Tarxien Temples and another site currently being explored by an Anglo-Maltese team on the sister island of Gozo, the Xaghra Circle. This similarity is gradually but steadily accumulating increasing consistency as the investigation of the latter site proceeds. The relation between the two major horizons identified at the Xaghra Circle, representing two subsequent periods and cultures of Maltese prehistory and its parallel occurrence at Tarxien, has induced the author to re-examine a handful of objects recovered from Tarxien in the light of the chronological upheavals and new patterns of cultural diffusion in European and Mediterranean prehistory brought about by the radiocarbon and dendrochronology revolution (Renfrew 1972 and 1973)
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