Monitoring our prehistoric temples: A biologist’s perspective

On Friday 24th January, Heritage Malta is giving the opportunity to the public to learn more about how a biologist’s work alongside curators and conservators provide valuable insights on the conservation of our treasures.

This insight will be shared by Heritage Malta’s biologist, Stephanie Sammut, curator of the National Museum of Natural History in Mdina. For the past 13 years, she has been monitoring the biological communities at the prehistoric temples of Ħaġar Qim, Mnajdra and Ħal Tarxien.

The talk will focus primarily on the changes that occurred in biological communities on soils and stones due to the environmental changes brought about by the temporary sheltering installations of the temples.  It also discusses the importance of biological surveys since they contribute knowledge towards the effectiveness of management procedures in archeological sites. 

This discussion will be of interest to students of archaeology, architects, conservators, biologists, naturalists and the general public.

The talk will take place at The National Museum of Natural History, Vilhena Palace, St Publius Square, Mdina at 6.30 pm.

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