The Melita Foundation will be assisting with the Olea project, which will include excavations and carbon-dating of an olive grove in the vicinity of the Roman Villa.
The Olea project is a large-scale archaeological project that will investigate two main research areas within this site, in the vicinity of the Roman Villa in Rabat. The project involves studying, preserving, and propagating around 20 olive trees reputed to be about 2000 years old. This project will analyse the age of these trees through state-of-the-art Carbon dating. The project also involves the archaeological excavations within selected areas of the site, particularly zones where a previous ground-penetrating radar exercise identified significant structures to reconfirm the results obtained before.