A lifetime of Archaeological research It was in Malta, where I had spent 5 wonderful years at the end of my military career working with the archaeological Dept. of Cambridge University on the excavation of Malta's remarkable Catacombs with Dr. David Trump and the wonderful Fr. Victor Camilleri who has remained a friend these 50 odd years. During those 5 years I was privileged to photograph and record all the archaeological sites on the islands of Malta and Gozo, including the amazing G’gantija (3,600 – 3,000 B.C.), the earliest freestanding stone monument built by man. It pre dates the pyramids of Egypt and are older than England’s Stonehenge. I have spent considerable time at Stonehenge in the 50’s and again in 1988.My work for the then Maltese Government Information Department from 1955 – 1960 also included recording all the treasures left by the Knights and displayed in the museums and Churches on the Islands. During my two-year return visit to the Island to write my most recent book“Malta – Mediterranean Jewel”, and complete my degree certification I was privileged to design a photo marketing program for introduction at all Malta’s most frequently visited Archaeological sites. I filmed a pilot program at “Ghar Dalam” the cave of Darkness, for my World of Unexplained Mysteries (Malta) television series. My work on the remarkable “Shroud of Turin” Mystery resulted in the re mastering of my interviews with the Sturp group, researching the results of their investigative study conducted in 80's into the authenticity of this amazing artifact. (http://shroud.com) I was also able to record details of the “Shroud of Malta”, full details of which are recorded here.In my 70 odd years I have had the opportunity to work and visit archaeological sites in China, Cyprus, Australia, Central and South America, Ireland, Great Briton, Spain, Japan, Taiwan, and Cambodia, to name but a few. During the 80’s, an Exhibition of my replica artifacts from the Louve Museum toured Australia and was also used as the basis of my presentation of the Howard Carter Story to Australian High School Students.
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Dr.Peter J. Shield (3rd from left) in the St. Agatha's Catacombs in 1957 with Fr. Victor J. Camilliri MSSP.
(Excerpt from 1960 article on Peter J. Shield published in Cambridge, England) "-born in the Channel Islands and educitated in Canada, he left home at the age of 16 to travel the world. In the early 1950's he became a leading communications expert with the British Royal Airforce. For 5 years he was Associated Press's Photographic Corrospondent covering the Middle East. During that time he worked with Cambridge University's Prof. David Trump, then archeologist to the Maltese Government, on recording of ancient artifacts and the excavation of ancient pre-christian catacombs at Rabat. During this time Peter was responsible for the illustrations in the Government Tourist Calander and Guide Book. At varing times he has lectured at Cambridge, Nottingham and Trinity Universities; and to school and church groups around the world"
Dr.David Trump & Dr. Peter J. Shield, re-unite in Malta
Fr. Victor and Peter re-unite after 50 years.RIP Victor - 2010
Peter, Victor and David at the enterance to St. Agatha's Catacombs 1957
The History of the Knights - click here to visit their site.
If like me you have a passion for everything Knights Templar/Knight Hospitaller- I recomend you click on the link provided by the picture of the Knights shown here.
Studio Royal International Academy of Glass Blowing