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Exhibition of discoveries from Phoenician shipwreck found off Gozo

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Exhibition of discoveries from Phoenician shipwreck found off GozoExploring the Phoenician Shipwreck off Xlendi, Gozo – is the Heritage Malta exhibition being held at the Citadel.

For anyone who has not yet visited this amazing exhibition, it focuses on the discovery of a Phoenician shipwreck which dates back to 700 BC and discovered at a depth of 110m off Xlendi in 2007.

The Phoenicians were renowned as skillful and brave maritime traders who managed to create an impressive commercial network across several countries.

Their trading routes are known to have extended as far up into Britain and to Mesopotamian ports and also east to mainland Greece and Crete, said Heritage Malta, yet the exact routes on which they travelled have remained elusive.

The discovery of shipwrecks which date to the Phoenician Period shed further light on the possible trade routes of these mysterious Phoenician merchants.

Based on more than 10 years of research, the University of Malta, in collaboration with a number of partners, has utilised state of the art technologies to study and explore one of the most exciting underwater archaeological discoveries in the Central Mediterranean.

The exhibition highlights some of the innovative techniques that were used in this project, including the methods utilised to recover a number of artefacts from the shipwreck, some of which were previously unknown in the archaeological record.

Visitors can also explore a number of artefacts which were recovered from the Phoenician shipwreck, as well as use the audio-visual aids to transport themselves into an underwater world of historical discovery.

The exhibition explains stories of trade, exchange, production, and consumption in the Archaic Mediterranean, Heritage Malta said.

Research is ongoing and the results will form a significant permanent part of the Gozo Museum, which Heritage Malta and the Ministry for Gozo are collaborating on.

Heritage Malta has said that this intriguing ancient vessel has attracted worldwide attention since it is the oldest wreck ever found so far in this region.

Exploring the Phoenician Shipwreck off Xlendi, Gozo – is open at Heritage Malta’s Gozo Area Office, Exhibition Hall, St Martin’s Quarter Street, Citadel until the 31st of August.

Opening hours are – Monday to Friday from 8.00am till 4.00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Admission is free of charge.

This exhibition is being held in collaboration with the University of Malta, and with the support of the Ministry for Gozo, Malta Tourism Authority, Malta International Airport and the Honor Frost Foundation.

Photograph: MGOZ/George Scerri

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