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An iconography of insularity : a cosmological interpretation of some images and spaces in the late neolithic temples of Malta

By Reuben Grima

Abstract

This paper proposes a fresh model for interpreting some of the iconography and megalithic\ud architectural forms that emerged in Malta during the Late Neolithic. Recent studies of the\ud relationship between the Maltese archipelago and the world beyond, and between the monumental\ud megalithic sites and their landscape setting, will inform an interpretation of some of the\ud iconography and architectural forms that characterize these sites. Patterns in their use of spatial\ud order, architectural devices and carved reliefs are interpreted as elements in a programmatic\ud recreation of an island cosmology. It is suggested that the prehistoric islanders used\ud these images and spaces to express and mediate concerns with cosmological order.N/

Topics: Malta -- Antiquities, Antiquities, Prehistoric -- Malta, Temples -- Malta, Architecture, Ancient -- Malta, Megalithic monuments -- Malta, Archaeoastronomy -- Malta
Publisher: Papers from the Institute of Archaeology
Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:www.um.edu.mt:123456789/8056
Provided by: OAR@UM

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