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3600-2500 Malta Animal Relief of a bull and sow part of monumental structures from Tarxien, Malta. Maltese prehistory has been recalibrated to 3rd millennia BCE. The prehistoric Maltese cultures developed earlier and independently of the Egyptian pyramids or Stonehenge.

Tarxien Temples, Malta - skilled stonework shows another carved relief of a sow & a bull.

The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni in Tarxien, Malta    Carved from solid rock. When discovered it contained the bodies of over 7,000 people. It is at least three storeys deep, and contains rock-cut features such as a 'speaking chamber', trilithons, lintelled-doorways, a large cistern and a 'holy of holies' surrounded by 'embryonic' chambers.  The Hypogeum is one of the greatest remaining structures from prehistory. Its pristine condition allows us to see the past through the eyes of our…

speaking chamber - archaeoacoustic - The Hypogeum, Malta

Tarxien doorways (pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids), Tarxien, Malta Copyright: William Durham

Doorways pre-dating the Egyptian pyramids (Copyright: William Durham) Tarxien

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta, 3000-2500 BC--the only intact underground pre-historic temple on earth.

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum, Malta, BC--the only intact underground pre-historic temple (and necropolis) on earth. Only allows 10 visitors per hour…make reservation well in advance.

Figurine, Tarxien Temples, Malta

Terracotta statue of a standing figure, possibly male, it differs from the more common 'fat' figures,Malta

Temple and Tomb: Prehistoric Malta, 3600-2500 BCE | Shaman’s Cache Schematic Figure. Globigerina Limestone. H. 17.2, W. 5.1, D. 1.9 cm. Xaghra Circle (Gozo), Temple Period, 3600–2500 BCE. Heritage Malta–Gozo Museum of Archaeology: 32193 [Credit: © Daniel Cilia/Heritage Malta] Read more at https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2013/03/temple-and-tomb-prehistoric-malta-3600.html#tZ4j5zdxK0RCMBve.99

Male, skirted human figure from the Xagħra Circle (Gozo). Comment View full size human figure, Xagħra Circle (Gozo), Temple Per.

On the islands of Malta and nearby Gozo, the remains of 50 temples have been found, with 23 in various states of preservation. No particular pattern emerges from the distribution of these temples and this may be explained by the probability that numerous temples were destroyed in antiquity and that others remain to be discovered.

On the islands of Malta and nearby Gozo, the remains of 50 temples have been found, with 23 in various states of preservation.

High on a hill on the island of Gozo, is the Stone Age Ggantija prehistoric temple complex. Constructed from 3,600-3,000 BC, the Ggantija temples are the earliest of a series of megalithic temples in Malta, pre-dating Egypt’s pyramids and Britain’s Stonehenge by over a 1,000 years. This megalithic monument is in fact two temples, built side by side and enclosed within a boundary wall. The temples on Malta are the oldest temples in Europe.

High on a hill on the island of Gozo, is the Stone Age Ggantija prehistoric temple complex. Constructed from BC, the Ggantija temples are the earliest of a series of megalithic temples in Malta, pre-dating Egypt’s pyramids and Britain’s Stoneh

5000-year-old stone carvings to relics of the Phoenician, Roman, Arab and Medieval Christian eras on the island of Malta are now at the Gozo Museum of Archaeology. - Gozo - Museum of Archaeology - Visit Gozo

stone carvings to relics of the Phoenician, Roman, Arab and Medieval Christian eras on the island of Malta are now at the Gozo Museum of Archaeology. - Gozo - Museum of Archaeology - Visit Gozo

Ħaġar Qim (Standing/Worshipping Stones) is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta, dating from the Ġgantija phase (3600-3200 BC). The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites on Earth, described by the World Heritage Sites committee as “unique architectural masterpieces.”

Ħaġar Qim (Standing/Worshipping Stones) is a megalithic temple complex found on the Mediterranean island of Malta, dating from the Ġgantija phase BC). The Megalithic Temples of Malta are among the most ancient religious sites. UNESCO World Heritage Site

Most of the Venus figures in Malta were found in or around temples, reinforcing the suggesting of an association with religious worship.

Many historians believe that this type of statue, dubbed "fat ladies", represented an ancient fertility goddess.

The floor of St John’s Co Cathedral Valletta Malta. Each section is a burial spot for a knight of Malta. Each is made of inlaid marble

anatomicdeadspace: “The floor of St John’s Co Cathedral Valletta Malta. Each section is a burial spot for a knight of Malta. Each is made of inlaid marble.

bensozia: Tarxien Temples, Malta

The two small islands of Malta and Gozo are home to no less than eight major megalithic temples, built between 3600 and 2500 BCE.

Three snakes. Snakes are rare in northern hemisphere Paleolithic art. Mammoth tusk; carved, polished and engraved. 138 x 81 mm.   Malta Site (excavations by M.M. Gerasimov, 1928-1930), Siberia, the River Belaya, near Irkutsk, Russia   Maltinsko-buretskaya Culture. 23 000 - 19 000 BP   Photo and text: http://www.hermitagemuseum.org/

Carved, Polished & Engraved Mammoth Tusk Depicting 3 Snakes -- Circa BCE -- Maltinsko-buretskaya Culture -- Excavated in Siberia -- Belonging to the State Hermitage Museum, St.

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