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GPR Investigations at St John’s Co-Cathedral in VallettaNormal access

Authors: R. Persico, S. D’Amico, L. Matera, E. Colica, C. De Giorgio, A. Alescio, C. Sammut and P. Galea
Journal name: Near Surface Geophysics
Issue: Vol 17, No 3, June 2019 pp. 213 - 229
DOI: 10.1002/nsg.12046
Language: English
Info: Article, PDF ( 2.88Mb )
Price: € 30

Summary:
The Cathedral of St John in Valetta, Malta, represents a unique monument of histor-ical importance. In this paper, we present the results of a detailed ground penetrating radar campaign performed in this Cathedral. The campaign was aimed at investigat-ing the distribution of buried tombs under the mosaic floor of the main nave and of the lateral chapels of the Co-Cathedral. The floor of the church shows a continuity of grave inscriptions in the main nave as well as in all lateral chapels. It was sus-pected, based on available historical documents, that only a part of the present-day inscriptions corresponds to the original sepultures or tombs. The ground penetrat-ing radar results presented here further highlight this conjecture and offer additional information regarding this important monument.


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