David H Trump, one of the most important archeologists in the world, who for more than half a century gave a great contribution to archeology in Malta, died yesterday at the age of 85.
Trump was in love with Malta for more than 60 years. He was the first archeologist who applied carbon 14 to Maltese archeology by means of which he managed to identify and date two new phases in the prehistory of our island. These were eventually named “Red Skorba” and “Grey Skorba”.
He came to Malta for the first time in 1954 when the worked with the archeologist John Evans at the excavations which were taking place at Ggantija. After he obtained the necessary qualifications, he served for some time as a Curator at the National Museum of Archeology in Malta. His name will continue to be linked with the temples at Skorba, limits of Mgarr, and in fact when he retired, he revised and published from scratch his report on the archeology of these temples which he originally wrote in the 1960s. In the 80s and 90s, Trump worked on the Xaghra complex.
Trump is also associated with the studies on cart ruts which are found in various areas throughout the Maltese countryside.
In 2004 Malta honoured David H. Trump with the Order of Merit for his contribution to the study of Maltese archeology. Last year, the University of Malta also bestowed on him the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature.
Trump taught at the University of Cambridge in the UK and was particularly interested in the archeology of Sardinia .