Malta to Open the World’s First Deep-Water Archaeological Park

Malta, a Mediterranean archipelago and one of the world's top diving destinations, will soon launch the Tower Wreck Deepwater Archaeological Park, the first of its kind. This archaeological park, made possible by the Malta Airport Foundation and Heritage Malta, is set to debut this spring. The new underwater park is located in Xlendi Bay, in the southwest corner of Malta’s sister island of Gozo.

First discovered in 1993, this deep-water archaeological park, encompassing an area of approximately 42 miles, will allow international researchers and technical divers to explore the history of Malta from a totally different deep sea archaeological perspective. The marine park will showcase thousands of ancient artifacts, such as amphorae and urns, dating back to around 2,300 years, and natural heritage in the form of rocky outcrops formed by extinct coral reefs.

The Malta Airport Foundation Chairman Josef Formosa Gauci said, “Through the Underwater Malta website, The Foundation also hopes to support Heritage Malta in bringing this project closer to people who are neither divers nor researchers but are keen to learn more about the Maltese Islands’ history through our underwater cultural heritage.”

Professor Timmy Gambin from Heritage Malta said, “I am very proud to be part of the team launching the Tower Wreck Deepwater Archaeological Park. Heritage Malta, together with the University of Malta and the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, is valorizing and sharing a unique site that is otherwise invisible to the vast majority of the world. Thanks to support from the Malta Airport Foundation, this ambitious and challenging project has gone from concept to reality.”

The Underwater Malta website will make the Deep water Archaeological site Accessible to All through 360-degree videos, images, and 3D models, which is a virtual museum of the islands’ underwater archaeological sites. The marine park will be the site of a small museum with some exhibits and video footage of the seabed archeological park. 

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