The Archaeology of Malta: From the Neolithic Through the Roman Period (Cambridge World Archaeology)
The Maltese archipelago is a unique barometer for understandingcultural change in the central Mediterranean. Prehistoric peoplehelped reshape the islands' economy and when Mediterranean maritimehighways were being established, the islands became a significantlure to Phoenician colonists venturing from their Levantinehomeland. Punic Malta also sat at the frontline of regionalhostilities until it fell to Rome. Preserved in this island settingare signs of people's endurance and adaptation to each newchallenge. This book is the first systematic and up-to-date surveyof the islands' archaeological evidence from the initial settlersto the archipelago's inclusion into the Roman world (c. 5000 BC–400AD). Claudia Sagona draws upon old and new discoveries and heranalysis covers well-known sites such as the megalithic structures,as well as less familiar locations and discoveries. She interpretsthe archaeological record to explain changing social and politicalstructures, intriguing ritual practices and cultural contactthrough several millennia.