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Multi-periodSite Name: Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ Alternative Name: Gebel Ciantar
Country: Malta Island: Mainland Type: Ancient Village or Settlement
Nearest Town: Gebel Ciantar  Nearest Village: Dingli Cliffs
Latitude: 35.841956N  Longitude: 14.398861E
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
3 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
5 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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mona visited on 14th Jun 2016 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 4 Access: 4 This site is called Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ. The exact coordinates are: 35°50'31.69"N 14°23'56.11"E

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Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by mona : Rock cut steps (Vote or comment on this photo)
Ancient Settlement in Mainland

Man arrived in Malta around 5200 BC. For a substantial part of man's occupation of the islands, the knowledge of the written word was not known. This period is known as prehistory, which is then subdivided into three different ages. Bronze Age is the last phase in the Maltese prehistoric sequence. Bronze Age people were very skilful and bronze was a very important commodity for them. It was so important that different races of people in the Mediterranean started to fight for it. The reason for this was that bronze is not found naturally, but at least two different ingredients are needed, namely copper and tin. This, whoever controlled the prime material was also in control of who could be in possession of bronze. When these people had settled in the Maltese islands, they had to adapt to certain circumstances which were rather difficult.

It is during this period that we find the first ever defence system in the Maltese Islands. The villages of the Bronze Age people were very particular. Specific and particular areas were chosen where their villages could be built. We find that Bronze Age villages were mostly built on high grounds, where there was a plateau type of hill. Otherwise they used to choose a locality on top of a hill which had three of its sides defended by the same natural escarpment. This would make it difficult for anyone attacking the villages to gain entrance into the village. These people had therefore to build only one part of the fortification wall that provided security to their village. These fortifications were rather simple; all they did was to build a rubble wall with differently sized stones. Some of the stones were quite large, although not as large as those that had been sued in the building of the prehistoric temples. They did not even use mud to keep the stones in place. The heights of the walls used to vary, but they would be high enough to offer a reasonable resistance in case of attack. In architectural terminology these types of wall are known as cyclopean type.

Remains of one of these Bronze Age villages in Malta are found on the heights of Dingli Cliffs. This is a very interesting place and upon visiting it one immediately notices its importance, how wisely it was chosen and understands the way it was built to defend the village. Behind the walls protecting the village the Bronze Age people used to dig a number of wells these were used either as water reservoirs or even as silos, where food could be stored.

The actual protected area can be easily referred to as the citadel of the community, as the defended area was never extensive. This shows that the actual people lived outside the walls, and they had their own farms scattered around the immediate area. The defended part would only be used in case of an attack by one of the marauding tribes that were becoming quite common in the Mediterranean. The Gebel Ciantar promontory is impressive, as it provides the defenders with an easily small defensible part of the promontory as the sides. At the same time there are a number of other historical places that one can visit while in the area.

Text from: www.di-ve.com (defunct)

Note: Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ. The exact coordinates are: 35°50'31.69"N 14°23'56.11"E 35.8421404,14.3967253
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Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by KaiHofmann : Site in Mainland Malta, view to the site. (Vote or comment on this photo)

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by KaiHofmann (Vote or comment on this photo)

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by KaiHofmann : Site in Mainland Malta (Vote or comment on this photo)

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by KaiHofmann : Site in Mainland Malta, view from the site to the Dingli cliffs (Vote or comment on this photo)

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by KaiHofmann : Site in Mainland Malta (Vote or comment on this photo)

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by sem : Overview of the village.

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by sem : The defences of a Middle Bronze Age Village.

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by sem : A rock cut ledge with a hole - for offerings?

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by sem : Silo Pits.

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by sem : One of a number of sets of rock cut steps at the site.

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by mona : Rock-cut pits.

Wardija Ta'San Gorg
Wardija Ta'San Gorg submitted by mona : Site in Mainland Malta

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by mona : Cave dwelling

Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ
Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ submitted by mona : Overview to the island of Fifla

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Re: Gebel Ciantar by mona on Thursday, 14 July 2016
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35.842136 14.398919 exact coordinates

This site is called Wardija Ta'San Ġorġ, located on Gebel Ciantar.
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Re: Gebel Ciantar by Anonymous on Thursday, 07 February 2008
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