So here we are back in Malé! At 192ha, all densely built, it feels busy. Only a few green spaces remain, and one of these is Sultan Park, around the National Museum. This is where we are digging this week.
It is a lovely green area with large trees and this is where the sultan’s palace used to be, until it was demolished in the 1970s. The stucture you see at the back of the photo above is the sole remaining building of the palace. It latterly served as the National Museum.
Development is planned of this area so it was urgent we had a look. Sultan Park is also one place Carswell excavated but the trenches he dug now lie below the Chinese-built new National Museum.
We were allowed to investigate one part of the park, about 30x20m, an area in which, at the time the palace stood, were several low buildings – seen here on a model kept in the museum. Let’s see what we find…