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17th century Muslim cemetery uncovered during road works

A roadwork project in Malta has uncovered a Muslim cemetery which dates back to the 17th century.

Two archaeologists were working hard at documenting the findings yesterday afternoon. Remains ran along the chiselled rock at various points, with the occasional bone jutting out.

“We’re working along the cross section, cleaning up the debris surrounding the bones and noting everything we find,” Marvin Demicoli said.

Colleague and fellow archaeologist Michelle Padovani said that many of the remains were in good condition and that work was proceeding briskly, although she could not say how long they would last.

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Story: Bertrand Borg, The Times| Photo: Chris Sant Fournier

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