Heritage Malta together with the University of South Florida and a group of international archaeologists have embarked on a project to carry out a more detailed study of the Domus Romana area of Rabat. The aim is for excavation, through information obtained from this study, of two fields in the vicinity of the villa, which goes back some 2,000 years.
Entitled Melite Civitas Romana, the project is spread over a number of years, and will lead to two fields close to the Domus Romana being excavated.
Curator Daniel Cardona stated that “we are planning to study the remains of the Domus Romana and the surroundings which were excavated in 1881 and again between 1920 and 1924 by Temi Zammit. This preliminary year will be informing us about where we should excavate and where we should focus our research, enabling us to better understand the context of these Roman homes within the Roman city in those times.”
The project received collaboration from University of South Florida archaeologists as well as others from International Archaeologists, who have their own personnel and who have also brought over the necessary equipment to carry out the research during the first phase of the project with use of 3D equipment.
The archaeologists are optimistic of finding more buried residences, and will do everything possible to excavate the area in order to better understand what had happened in this area in the past 2,000 years.