STATEMENT BY THE MINISTRY FOR GOZO: Agreement to further research on the Punic ship off the coast of Xlendi

An agreement has been signed between the Ministry for Gozo and the University of Malta to continue the studies on the Punic ship off the coast of Xlendi. Through this agreement, the Government is committing € 140,000 to further research on the Punic ship.

During the signing of this agreement, the Minister for Gozo, Clint Camilleri, said that this discovery deserves all the attention to continue to shed more light on how our ancestors lived, socialized and traded.

“The Government is continuing to fund this exploration which continues to yield surprising results and will certainly be of help to historians and academics, both local and international, as this discovery continues. it stimulates interest abroad, “said Minister Camilleri.

The Minister said that the Government remains committed to this unique exploration in the Mediterranean and hopes that the dream of many, that of eventually lifting and exhibiting it, will succeed in the coming years.

Professor Alfred Vella, Rector of the University of Malta, said that this research is an honor for the University and continues to support its mission as in a concrete way the University is showing its presence in the heart of the University. society. The Rector, while thanking the Ministry for Gozo who are fully believing in this project, wished that more interesting discoveries will be made in the coming years and that they will shed more light on the said era.

This agreement will ensure that research work on this Punic xin is continued over the next four years where conservation, documentation and research work will be carried out inter alia by a team of local experts and led by Professor Timmy Gambin at the University of Malta.

Source: Office of the Prime Minister