What’s Underneath | quarter news

Twenty-four bronze statues have been unearthed from Etruscan baths built in the 3rd century BC. The discovery was made during the work of an excavation project in San Casciano dei Bagni in Tuscany. It was not accidental and happened during dedicated archaeological work. The news made the rounds in the Italian media and was described as the greatest discovery since the Riace Bronzes.

Not to be outdone, the island steeped in cultural heritage has made headlines itself. Bones and pottery that could date from around 6000 BC. AD had been discovered within the limits of taċ-Ċawla (Victoria, Gozo). Don’t bother looking for this particular archaeological project. Dutch archaeologists found these artifacts in abandoned piles next to a construction site.

It couldn’t be otherwise, could it? Needless to say, the authorities responsible for preserving our historical heritage seem to be fighting windmills at this point.

The danger here, of course, is that the progressive instincts of modern Maltese man are seriously threatened by the remnants of his great ancestors. The Superintendence of Cultural Heritage can require all forms of assessments under laws aimed at preserving this heritage, but the Planning Authority and its procedures are not designed to take note of any impediment to the beast of progress.

This week, university students lamented their fate of being seen as little more than commercial commodities. In a protest sparked by a sudden increase in parking prices, student leaders stressed that their grievance was not just a pocket grievance, but a much broader complaint that the university and its grounds were becoming anything but educational.

Investing in our future generations has been misinterpreted as an opportunity to milk the tiny heifers of their allocation.

Students wouldn’t be incentivized to complain about parking prices if we had focused on an efficient transportation system. It is useless to claim that it is free if it does not provide the required service. The same goes for the games being played on fast ferry services with the government’s dismal failure to provide an essential service of economic interest.

Should we be surprised at these misplaced priorities? Barely. The populist policies of this government are anything but citizen friendly and certainly not future proof.

It is a government that is attacking civil society to prevent the proper functioning of institutions. It is a government that sells the idea of ​​progress on the corpses of workers and pedestrians, victims of the greedy race to oblivion of construction.

Whether historical, natural or human, our heritage is slowly being eroded. The deckchairs are always lined up at the edge of the Blue Lagoon. Civil society still has a long way to go before restoring the proper functioning of the system. In the meantime, we’ll have to make do with incredible discoveries on piles of construction waste.

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