It has been confirmed that remains of archaeological significance have been discovered at the Santa Luċija jogging track area, stated the Save Sta Luċija Open Spaces Network. However, it is believed that infrastructural works are still ongoing while archaeological investigations have not yet been concluded.
In a statement, the Save Sta Luċija Open Spaces Network announced that the authorities have confirmed that remains of archaeological significance have been discovered at the Santa Luċija jogging track area. The Network also expresses its deep appreciation for the professional work being undertaken by the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage to investigate and evaluate the findings.
“Halt the works”
However, the Network added that it is deeply concerned by the fact that infrastructural works are still ongoing while archaeological investigations have not yet been concluded. The Network has called on the authorities to halt the works until the archaeological evaluations are concluded and made public.
The Network stated that it is also concerned by the fact that Infrastructure Malta did not inform the public when these archaeological remains were first discovered. It added that were it not for civic-minded citizens who alerted the Network about these findings, the public would still be in the dark about these findings.
So as “to ensure public accountability and transparency,” the Network is calling on the authorities to publish details, such as the age of the remains, the number of tombs and type of structures, found so far. The Network also calls on the authorities to allow representatives of archaeological NGOs and members of the media to see the archaeological findings on site.