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Chantal Cassar

Lead Archaeologist 

Chantal Cassar is En-Sure’s lead archaeologist, and is experienced in land surveys, excavation techniques and monitoring and Environmental Impact Assessment amongst others.

Chantal has a Bachelor degree in Archaeology and a dual Master degree in Sustainable Environmental Resources Management and Information Science and Technology from the University of Malta and James Madison University, Virginia, respectively. As part of her Master thesis, she conducted an extensive study to analyse landscape change over a period of 300 years in North West Malta.

Chantal has worked on an array of projects, both archaeological and environmental. In 2012, she participated in a University of Malta project to determine anthropogenic impacts and effects on the Maremma Natural Park in Tuscany, Italy.

Locally, Chantal has worked with several governmental entities such as the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and Heritage Malta on various archaeological sites. Some of the more notable ones include St Paul’s Catacombs in Rabat, Ta’ Bistra Catacombs in Mosta, the Zejtun Roman Villa, the Għajn Tuffieħa Roman Baths, the Punic Shrine of Għar ix- Xiħ in Gozo and the Prehistoric burial site beneath the Kercem parish church in Gozo.

Within En-Sure, Chantal is responsible for archaeological matters and is also lends a hand in environmental sectors. She has carried out archaeological monitoring for a range of construction projects, including the regeneration project for Dockyard Creek in Cospicua, dredging works at the Malta Freeport Terminals, the re-development of the ex-Forum Hotel site, and road trenching works in various localities including Valletta, Birzebbuga, Cospicua and Zabbar, amongst others.

She is regularly involved in advising management teams, as well as site operatives, on best practice methods in order to mitigate the environmental impact of construction projects. Such projects have included the construction of a new parliament building at City Gate, the upgrading of the Deep Water Quay in Marsa, the rehabilitation of the former Maghtab landfill, the construction of a Life Sciences Park in San Gwann, and the excavation and construction of an underground tunnel and interconnector station in Maghtab.

She also participates in noise and vibration monitoring, traffic count surveys, hotel eco-certification audits and land use surveys, and was recently actively involved in a wide-ranging bathing water profile project covering numerous sites around Malta, Gozo and Comino.

Chantal is fluent in English, Maltese and Italian and has a good knowledge of French. In 2012, she was awarded a STEPS scholarship for her dual Masters degree.

Besides her love for history, Chantal has a passion for dance and photography. She has practised classical ballet for over 15 years, has been a certified dance teacher since 2009, and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Expertise:
Archaeological monitoring and excavation
Post-excavation techniques
Environmental management systems
Land use surveys
Noise and vibration surveys
Environmental auditing
Environmental monitoring

Qualifications:
BA (Hons) Archaeology (Melit.)
MSc Sustainable Environmental Resources Management (Melit.)
MSc Information Science and Technology (Virginia)

Memberships:
The Archaeology Society, Malta