Dr Keith Buhagiar

Dr Keith Buhagiar

Dr Keith Buhagiar


Visiting Senior Lecturer

Archaelogy Farmhouse
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2046
Keith Buhagiar is a PhD graduate in archaeology from the University of Malta specialising in rural landscape development, related water management systems as well as Maltese and Sicilian medieval and Early Modern cave-settlements and rock-excavated oratories. Dr Buhagiar lectures in Palaeochristian, Byzantine and Medieval archaeology at the Department of Classics and Archaeology and the Faculty of Theology, both at the University of Malta. Research interests include central Mediterranean, North African and Near Eastern water management systems, Late Roman and medieval subterranean burial spaces, cave dwellings and rock-excavated oratories, as well as a Mediterranean settlement location and distribution.
  • Medieval Archaeology
  • Hydrology and Water Management
  • Palaeochristian Archaeology
  • Byzantine Archaeology
  • Medieval troglodytism
  • Landscape research and development
  • Archaeology of settlements

BUHAGIAR, K., 2019. Cave dwellers at Għar il-Kbir: Malta’s best documented troglodytic community. In: R. ABELA and J. SCHEMBRI A., eds, Landscapes and landforms of the Maltese Islands. Springer, Cham, pp. 91-101.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2019. The making of Mellieħa’s medieval landscape: viridaria, cave-settlements and water management systems. In: J. SAMMUT, ed, Mellieħa through the tides of time, vol. 2. Mellieħa Local Council, pp. 51-70.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2018. Hydrogeology and its influence on the dynamics of settlement and agriculture in the south of Malta: AD 1000 to 1600, R. ABELA, ed. In: The Maltese Village, November 2018 2018, Wirt iz-Zejtun, pp. 22-35.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2016. Malta and Water (AD 900 to 1900): Irrigating a semi-arid landscape. BAR International Series 2829 edn. Oxford: BAR Publishing.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2016. The tal-Callus and Simblija estates at Wied ir-Rum and Wied Ħażrun (Malta): An enigma resolved. In: C. VELLA, ed, At Home in Art: Essays in honour of Mario Buhagiar. Midsea Books, pp. 13-27.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2014. Maltese Ancient and Late Medieval Water Management Systems, V.M. LEIDORF, ed. In: Tubingen Archaologische Forschungen 12: Antike und moderne Wasserspeicherung, Internationaler Workshop vom 11-14.05.2011 in Pantelleria (Italien), 11-14.05.2011 2014, pp. 57-72.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2014. Water management technology as a contributing factor in the development of the rural landscape of the Maltese archipelago: making a case for the late medieval period. Doctoral Thesis edn. University of Malta.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2013. Revisiting Wied ir-Rum: some recent archaeological discoveries. Melita Historica, 16(1), pp. 77-108.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2013. Water management strategies and the Cave-Dwelling phenomenon in Late-Medieval Malta. Medieval Archaeology, .

BUHAGIAR, K., 2012. Caves in Context: the late medieval Maltese scenario. In: K.A. BERGSVIK and R. SKEATES, eds, Caves in Context: the Cultural Significance of Caves and Rockshelters in Europe. 1 edn. Oxbow Books, pp. 153-165.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2012. Malta, an island satellite in the lee of Sicily: Investigating the troglodytic context for the Late-Medieval and the Early-Modern periods. In: F. BUSCEMI and I. CONTINO, eds, L'Insediamento Rupestre di Monte S. Antonio A Regalbuto: alle origini del Rahal di Abbud. 1 edn. Universita di Catania, pp. 95-156.

WHITE, C., HIRANANDANI, D., OLSTAD, C.S., BUHAGIAR, K., GAMBIN, T. and CLARK, C.M., 2010. The malta cistern mapping project: Underwater robot mapping and localization within ancient tunnel systems. Journal of Field Robotics, 27(4), pp. 399-411.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2008. Comino: Historical and Archaeological Observations. Malta Archaeological Review, (7), pp. 2004-2005.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2008. Water Management in Medieval and Early Modern Malta. In: A. BONANNO and P. MILITELLO, eds, Malta in the Hybleans, the Hybleans in Malta. 1 edn. Palermo: Officina di Studi Medievali, pp. 259-267.

CLARK, C.M., OLSTAD, C.S., BUHAGIAR, K. and GAMBIN, T., 2008. Archaeology via underwater robots: Mapping and localization within maltese cistern systems, Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, 2008. ICARCV 2008. 10th International Conference on 2008, IEEE, pp. 662-667.

BUHAGIAR, K., 2007. Bahrija: its archaeological significance. Melita Historica, 14, pp. 357-374.

BUHAGIAR, K. and SAGONA, C., 2003. New archaeological find on the Island of Comino in the Maltese Archipelago. Ancient near eastern studies, 40, pp. 160-172.