Elysia Darmanin is an archaeologist, anthropologist and gilder. She has a Bachelor degree in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Malta and learnt the gilding technique over ten years of working in the family business.
Elysia has worked on a vast array of archaeology projects, including archaeological monitoring for the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage and Transport Malta. Some of the most prominent works she has been involved in have included the Zejtun Roman Villa, Tal-Bakkari in Zurrieq, the Punic Shrine at Ghar ix- Xih, Tal-Logga at Mgarr ix-Xini, Bighi in Kalkara and a field survey in Bidnija.
She also took part in and coordinated the excavations of three important archaeological investigations at Tal-Qares in Mosta, Salina and Ta’ Fraxku in Bidnija.
Within En-Sure, Elysia’s main role is that of an archaeologist. Her role includes regular inspections and continuous monitoring during construction works, where she helps ensure that Malta’s heritage is properly recorded and safeguarded. Such projects have included various road works in Malta and Gozo, as well as private projects in Rabat, Paola, Tarxien, Mosta, Hal Balzan and others.
Elysia is also an experienced gilder and restorer. She was responsible for the restoration and gilding of a private chapel at Tal-Virtù, gilding of one of the rooms in San Anton Palace, painting a ceiling at the entrance of the Verdala Palace, gilding column bases at the Naxxar Parish Church, and restoring various paintings, frames and other antiques.
In addition to her passion for archaeology, Elysia is keen on travelling to historical places in order to widen her knowledge about different cultures. Reading is another passion of hers, which includes any type of literature.
Archaeological monitoring and excavation
Land use surveys
BA Archaeology and Anthropology (Melit.)