Ghar Dalam (or Cave of Darkness) is situated in Birzebbuga. It is the oldest cave discovered on this island and has proved very informative on how life began on our island and about our ancestors.
Għar Dalam (pronounced ar dàlam in Maltese and meaning "Cave of Darkness") is a prehistorical cul de sac located on the outskirts of Birżebbuġa, Malta containing the bone remains of animals that were stranded and subsequently became extinct on Malta at the end of the Ice age.
Dwarf elephant, hippopotamus, deer and bear bone deposits found there are of a different age; the hippopotamuses became extinct about 180,000 years ago, whilst the deer species became extinct much later, about 18,000 years ago. It is also here that the earliest evidence of human settlement on Malta, some 7,400 years ago, was discovered.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
"Is-Sennien" was a local tradesman who used to go round the villages sharpening knives and scissors for the housewives in the old days. This is one of the few remaining carts which were used by the tradesman to carry his tools. This is found outside a small restaurant in Old Bakery Street in Valletta
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Here in Malta, one can see and buy any glass ornament from Mdina Glass at Ta Qali Crafts Village.
Origins of the art of glass blowing
Glassblowing is a glass forming technique which was invented by the Phoenicians at approximately 50 BC somewhere along the Syro-Palestinian coast. The earliest evidence of glassblowing comes from a collection of waste from a glass workshop, including fragments of glass tubes, glass rods and tiny blown bottles, which was dumped in a mikvah, a ritual bath in the Jewish Quarter of Old City of Jerusalem dated from 37 to 4 BC Some of the glass tubes recovered are fire-closed at one end and are partially inflated by blowing through the open end while still hot to form small bottle, thus they are considered as a rudimentary form of blowpipe. Hence, tube blowing not only represents the initial attempts of experimentation by glassworkers at blowing glass, it is also a revolutionary step the induced a change in conception and a deep understanding of glass.[