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The Temples of Malta - A Photo Essay

By November 16, 2011

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Malta and its smaller colleague Gozo are tiny islands in the Mediterranean Sea, 150 miles from Europe, 180 miles from North Africa and 90 miles from its nearest neighbor, Sicily. The first settlers arrived here some 8,000 years ago. but they were pretty much isolated, except for some trade off and on. Beginning about 6,500 years ago, they began to build temples, very odd and interesting temples, well worth a photo essay.

Sculptured Figure at Tarxien
Sculptured Figure at Tarxien on Malta, photo by Jacob Paul Skoubo

While the Malta temples are not the oldest in the world--that title probably goes to Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, some 11,000 years ago (and I say probably, because there is some debate about how you define "temple"), the Malta temples are interesting for a number of reasons, which I hope are illuminated in my photo essay, The Temples of Malta.


May 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm
(1) doug l says:

So utterly strange and yet seemingly so familiar and foundational to our earliest societies.
Can one speculate that some archeological sites remain to be discovered, maybe below the current sealevel? Cheers.

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