IN PICTURES: Prehistoric Burial Site Discovered in Xaghra

 

This Superintendence of Cultural Heritage has scheduled an archaeological site located at Triq il-Qaċċa, Xagħra, Gozo. The site consists of two prehistoric burial cavities located to the south east of the Xagħra Circle at a mere distance of 53 metres from this important burial site.

 

Investigated pit (outlined in Red) in one of the burial cavities clearly showing amassing of human remains.

 

These features have been recently discovered and up till now, have only been subject to a limited archaeological investigation. Notwithstanding, enough data has been obtained indicating that these cavities contain an extensive archaeological deposit consisting of human remains, Neolithic pottery and traces of red ochre.

 

 

Extent of Burial cavities outlined in red, with investigated pit indicated by arrow pointer.

 

Given the site context it is clear that these two features (the depth of which is yet unknown) are an extension of the Xagħra Circle Neolithic mass burial site, extending the burial landscape of the Xagħra Circle. Moreover, this find may reveal new insights into the prehistoric communities in Xagħra.

The Superintendence for Cultural Heritage, these features have been scheduled at the highest level of protection – Class A.

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