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On the 16th and 17th October the Missione archeologica italiana a Malta paid a visit to the site at Tas-Silġ.  In the presence of the Ambassador of Italy to Malta Giovanni Umberto De Vito and of high officials from the Maltese Superintendence for Culture, the new Director of the Mission, Professoressa Grazia Semeraro, spoke of the work and the importance of the findings at this emblematic Sanctuary. The aim of this work is to achieve a future valuation of Tas-Silg, the only example in the Mediterranean of a place of  worship utilised uninterruptedly from prehistory to the Byzantine era. Various professors and lecturers from the Universities of Salento, Cattolica di Milano and “La Sapienza” of Rome took part in the visit.

During the visit to Malta by the members of the Mission, the Itlalian Cultural Institute organised a commemorative ceremony for Professoressa Maria Pia Rossignani, ex Director of the Missione archeologica italiana a Malta since 2001, who recently passed away.

The Missione archeologica italiana commenced its activites in Malta way back in 1963 and has focused its research on places of particular importance from the historical and cultural point of view : the Sanctuary of Astarte-Hera at Tas-Silġ, the Villa of San Pawl Milqi and Ras-il-Wardija in Gozo.  In close collaboration with the local Authorities and with Italian institutions in Malta, the Mission pursues its research with the objective of contributing towards the study and the promotion of the extraordinary  archeological  heritageof the Island.