Saturday, May 14, 2011

The Roman Villa in Żejtun

Today's edition of the Times of Malta reports that remains of a Roman Villa in Żejtun will be cleaned up and conserved. The following are some pictures taken in 2009 at this site. 

It is interesting to note that, in the course of about two millennia, yellow colonies of the lichen Xanthoria parietina have colonized most of the limestone blocks available, and only rarely are they found growing on the earthenware tiles. This is probably a direct effect of the materials' porosity relative to each other.

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