november, 2021

10nov6:30 pm6:55 pmOnline Masterclass - Unconventional Coffins: Buried in Clay


Event Details

In Malta, there is so little variation in our modern-day funerary practice that it is quite easy to forget that such practices change over time and that wooden coffins were not always the standard or sole burial container utilized on the islands.

This masterclass aims to present the viewer with some alternative forms of body disposal carried out in Punic and Roman Malta, which, by today’s standards, might be considered somewhat unconventional or peculiar.  We here focus on the use of clay vessels as ‘containers’ for human remains, ranging from housing cremated remains within urns and used cooking pots, to full body inhumations within trading and storage vessels.

Michelle Padovani Field Archaeologist for Phoenician, Roman, and Medieval Sites, will provide the viewers and archaeology enthusiasts with a number of local examples, highlighting the challenges of excavating and studying such artefacts and exploring the possible rationale behind such burial practices.

The Masterclass which will be streamed on Heritage Malta’s Facebook Page is free of charge and no-pre-registration is required.

Image: Caruana’s sketch of Ħotba tal-Ġizwiti, Marsa


(Wednesday) 6:30 pm - 6:55 pm