On Thursday 24th June, at 6.30pm, Heritage Malta will be livestreaming on Facebook a masterclass about maritime archaeology in Malta in the 21st century. It will be delivered by Professor Timmy Gambin, who heads the agency’s Underwater Cultural Heritage Unit.
Entitled Underwater Archaeological Sites, the masterclass will discuss maritime archaeology beyond shipwrecks and aircraft crash sites, delving into emerging opportunities and new challenges in this field. It will also cover the innovative system Malta has implemented so as to ensure that the islands’ submerged cultural heritage is shared with the general public, both locally and globally.
The invention of the aqualung in the middle of the 20th century opened up the underwater world. People were able to descend and explore the depth to make exciting discoveries about marine flora and fauna as well as previously unknown shipwrecks.
It was not long after the invention of the aqualung that the nascent discipline of maritime archaeology started to take root in Malta. Since its humble and sporadic beginnings in the late 1950s, this sub-discipline of archaeology has grown into a key part of the local heritage set up.
The masterclass will be delivered in Maltese and will include a question and answer session.