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Author Azzopardi, George, author

Title Ras il-Wardija sanctuary revisited : a re-assessment of the evidence and newly informed interpretations of a Punic-Roman sanctuary in Gozo (Malta) / by George Azzopardi
Published Summertown, Oxford : Archaeopress Publishing Ltd, 2017


Description 1 online resource (vi, 82 pages) : illustrations (black and white)
Contents Cover -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Contents -- List of Figures -- Preface -- Chapter 1 -- 1.1 -- Introducing the sanctuary site at Ras il-Wardija -- 1.2 -- History of research and existing literature -- 1.3 -- Objectives, aims, approach, and method of this study -- 1.4 -- Background to the Maltese islands: a brief historical profile -- Figure 1. Map of the Maltese islands. It shows the location of Ras il-Wardija on the island of Gozo and other relevant sites on both islands. (After -- Figure 2. Table of Maltese chronology. -- Chapter 2
2.1 -- Ras il-Wardija and its regional context: geographical extent and topography -- 2.2 -- Continuous human presence and occupation -- 2.3 -- Maritime connections and related activities -- 2.4 -- Seeking divine protection at sea -- Figure 3. Clay statuette head. The head (Max. Height: 8 cm) is alleged to have been found in a cistern at Tar-Rokon, in San Lawrenz, Gozo. It is now kept at the Gozo Museum of Archaeology. (Photo: The author)
Figure 4. Stem of oinochoe (left) and a complete example (right). The stem (Max. Height: 7 cm) was found in the back-garden of a private residence in Triq il-Wileń°, San Lawrenz, Gozo. Now kept at the Gozo Museum of Archaeology. (Left photo: The author -- S -- Figure 5. Aerial view of Ras il-Wardija sanctuary. The sanctuary is arrowed in the foreground while Xlendi is slightly visible to the right in the background. Photo taken in 1974. (Photograph ¬© NAG-National Archives Gozo)
Figure 6. Another view of Ras il-Wardija sanctuary from the air. The sanctuary is arrowed in the foreground while Dwejra inlet is visible in the background. (Photo: The author). -- Figure 7. Lead anchor stock from Xlendi. The stock carries astragal representation on each of its arms testifying to mariners' fears and their superstitious beliefs. The set of astragals on the right is enlarged inset. The stock is on display at the Gozo
Figure 8. A c. third to first-century BC Greek terracotta mask of Dionysos (left) and a convex ceramic object with relief globules on its outer surface (right). The latter (Max. Height: 19.5 cm) was retrieved from the seabed at the mouth of Xlendi Bay and -- Figure 9. Women engaged in ritual activity around a Dionysos mask mounted on a pole. The pole is also adorned with garments and other paraphernalia symbolic of Dionysos. Shown on an Athenian red-figure stamnos by the Villa Giulia Painter, c. 450 BC. Heigh
Summary The secluded sanctuary on the coastal promontory of Ras il-Wardija on the central Mediterranean island of Gozo (near Malta) constitutes another landmark on the religious map of the ancient Mediterranean. Ritual activity at the sanctuary seems to be evidenced from around the 3rd century BC to the 2nd century AD and, possibly, even as late as the 4th century AD. This ritual activity was focused in a small built temple and in a rock-cut cave that seems to have incorporated a built extension in a later stage. This text examines the significance of the site
Notes Previously issued in print: 2017
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Notes Online resource; title from home page (viewed on September 24, 2018)
Subject Punic antiquities.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Archaeology
Punic antiquities
Gozo Island (Malta) -- Antiquities
Malta -- Gozo Island
Form Electronic book
Author Archaeopress, publisher.
ISBN 9781784916701