17:00 - 18:00
In the Late Medieval period, the Il-Majjistral territory was an area of diverse geology and landscapes linking the Civitas, the Medieval capital of Malta, to the Mellieħa region and Gozo. Il-Majjistral flanked several medieval fiefs or agricultural estates and contained vast expanses of garigue karstland used for rough grazing. This talk will examine the pre-AD 1530 development and utilization of this cultural landscape and shed evidence on man-environment interaction during a relatively known period of Malta’s history.
Topic: Reconstructing the cultural landscape of the Il-Majjistral and its neighbourhood prior to AD 1530
Speaker: Keith Buhagiar
Location: Majjistral Park Information Centre.
hide will be provided.
Speaker Biography: Keith Buhagiar a Ph.D. graduate in archaeology and landscape research specialising in central Mediterranean medieval and Early Modern cultural landscape development, hydrology, historical water management systems, cave-settlements and Palaeochristian archaeology. Dr Buhagiar lectures Palaeochristian and medieval archaeology at the Department of Classics and Archaeology and the Faculty of Theology at the University of Malta. Research interests include geology, central Mediterranean, North African and Near Eastern water harvesting and water capture systems, human-induced landscape transformation processes and Maltese Medieval and Early Modern giardino-type agricultural estates. Dr Buhagiar's research is widely published in both foreign and local specialist journals and books, amongst which is the Malta and Water (AD 900 to 1900): Irrigating a semi-arid landscape book published by BAR/Hadrian Publishing of Oxford in 2016.
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