The Xlendi Deepwater Archaeological Park is a marine park located off the coast of Xlendi in Gozo, Malta. It was inaugurated in 2023 and is the world’s first deepwater archaeological park. The park covers an area of 67,000 square meters and is home to a variety of archaeological remains, including shipwrecks, amphorae, and pottery. The park is open to divers who have the necessary training and equipment.
The park was established by Heritage Malta, the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage, the University of Malta, and the Munxar Local Council. The aim of the park is to protect and preserve the archaeological remains while also promoting diving and underwater tourism in Gozo.
The park is home to two main shipwrecks: the Tower Wreck and the Phoenician Wreck. The Tower Wreck is a Roman-era shipwreck that is thought to have sunk in the 1st century AD. The Phoenician Wreck is a Punic-era shipwreck that is thought to have sunk in the 5th century BC.
In addition to the shipwrecks, the park also contains a variety of other archaeological remains, including amphorae, pottery, and anchors. The amphorae are thought to have been used to transport wine and olive oil. The pottery is thought to have been used for everyday household items. The anchors are thought to have been used to moor ships.
The Xlendi Deepwater Archaeological Park is a valuable resource for archaeologists and historians. It provides a unique opportunity to study the maritime history of Malta. The park is also a popular destination for divers who enjoy exploring underwater wrecks and ruins.
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