Infrastructure Malta have managed to extract a Punic-Roman tomb in its entirety, from the Central Link Project site currently in motion in Attard.
“I am pleased to note that, following a joint effort between the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and Infrastructure Malta, a tomb from the Punic era has been preserved. It is important to strike a balance between our infrastructural needs and our heritage and environmental needs,” stated Minister José Herrera.
The tomb was conserved thanks to dedicated work by Infrastructure Malta under the guidance of the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage. It will remain visible for public enjoyment.
The operation included temporary coating of the inside of the tomb with a geotextile type specialised material and filling with expansion foam and expanded polystyrene.
A wide and deep trench of around one storey was then cut without vibrations in a hexagonal shape in the rock a little further away from the remains. A concrete and metal belt was then put around the tomb block to strengthen it, and it was cut from the bottom before being placed on metal beams. This was then lifted and placed in a place identified by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, where the tomb will remain accessible.
Minister Ian Borg said, “When we implement these kinds of projects, we work hand in hand with all involved entities, including those who – like us – prioritise the protection of the Maltese people’s interests. Let’s continue working to move forward while protecting our heritage to honour our ancestors and leave it for those who will come after us.”
The Central Link Project aims to rebuild the main route between Mrieħel and Ta’ Qali for improved efficiency, less pollution and new facilities for alternative means of transport.