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Archaeology Society to host presentation on ancient Mediterranean rituals


CAVE CREEK – The Arizona Archaeology Society – Desert Foothills Chapter will host Todd W. Bostwick, PhD, RPA, at the Nov. 9 meeting. Bostwick will present ‘The Megalithic Temples and Tombs of Malta: Early Religion and Ritual in the Mediterranean, 3,600BC - 2,500 BC’.

Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and south of Sicily, the islands of Malta and Gozo contain some of the oldest Megalithic temples and tombs in the world. As early as 5,000 BC, prehistoric people were farming and raising livestock on the islands, and by 3,600 BC they built megalithic temples with astronomical features and carved chambered tombs out of solid bedrock. The origins of these ancient people remain a mystery, as does their disappearance around 2,500 BC. This talk provides numerous photos of these temples, tombs, and figurines and discusses current ideas about their religion and ritual practices.

Bostwick has been conducting archaeological research in the Southwest for 36 years. He was the Phoenix City Archaeologist for 21 years at Pueblo Grande Museum and is currently the Director of Archaeology at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center in Camp Verde. He has published numerous books and articles on Southwest archaeology and history, and he has received awards from the National Park Service, the Arizona Governor’s Archaeology Advisory Commission, the City of Phoenix, and the Arizona Archaeological Society. 

The Nov. 9 meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at The Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road, in Cave Creek. For more information, see