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Archaeological remains of “historic value” found on site at Santa Lucija jogging track
The area was marked for development earlier this summer

Jillian Mallia

The Santa Lucija jogging track has been under the limelight recently, as it was reported that the trees within the track were set to get the chop to make way for development. Back in early August, a Facebook group called Save Santa Lucija Open Spaces was set up by a number of Santa Lucija residents to preserve open spaces in the town, after 300 trees were marked to be uprooted to make way for a tunnel underpass. Now, they’re speaking up again.

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Over the past week, pedestrians passing by the jogging track that is currently being excavated for the Tal-Barrani project saw something unusual, and passed on photos to the group. Archaeological remains were seen covered up by green mesh material, pinned down by plastic barriers. One cover was flapping in the wind, and revealed what seems to be a tomb.

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We spoke to a representative of the group, who told us that “reliable archaeological sources have said that the remains are of significant historic value.” The rep also noted that photos sent in by locals have been passed on to the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, and they're awaiting further information about the historic remains.

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The representative also hopes that the matter will be resolved and that the project will be reconsidered to safeguard the Santa Lucija environment.

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Save Santa Lucija Open Spaces / Facebook

9th September 2019


Jillian Mallia
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Jillian Mallia
A book lover, writer and globetrotter who loves exploring new places and the local gems that the Maltese Islands have to offer. An avid foodie and arts fanatic, Jillian searches the island and beyond for the perfect settings to write about.

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