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Title: In the Islands of the giant temples
Other Titles: Megalithic Malta : an extraordinary prehistoric culture at the heart of the Mediterranean
Authors: Steiner, Andreas M.
Vidale, Massimo
Cilia, Daniel
Schonhowd, Elise
Authors: Malta Tourism Authority
Keywords: Megalithic temples -- Malta
Megalithic monuments -- Malta
Antiquities, Prehistoric -- Malta
Malta -- Antiquities
Għar Dalam (Birżebbuġa, Malta)
Ġgantija Temples (Xagħra, Malta)
Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples (Mġarr, Malta)
Mnajdra Temples (Qrendi, Malta)
Ħaġar Qim Temples (Qrendi, Malta)
Tarxien Temples (Tarxien, Malta)
Hypogeum (Paola, Malta)
Figurines, Prehistoric -- Malta
Giant Deity of Tarxien
Sleeping Lady of Ħal Saflieni
Xagħra Circle Figurine Cache
Xagħra Circle Twin Seated Figure
Seated figurines, Prehistoric -- Malta
Venus figurines, Prehistoric (Malta)
Xagħra Stone Circle (Xagħra, Malta)
Cart ruts (Archaeology) -- Malta
Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum (Paola, Malta)
Hypogeum (Xagħra, Malta)
Brochtorff Circle (Xagħra, Malta)
Issue Date: [n.d.]
Publisher: Timeline Publishing srl
Citation: Steiner, A.M., & Vidale, M. (n.d.). In the Islands of the giant temples. Archeo : attualita` del passato
Abstract: Experts in navigation say that, although Malta and the Sicilian coastline are indivisible from their higher points on very clear days, Malta quickly vanishes from sight when a boat puts out to sea. Smoke from the eruptions of Etna would no doubt have reminded the inhabitants of the tiny archipelago that Sicily, the largest island in the entire Mediterranean, lay to the north, across no more than 90 km of open sea. Among the many mysteries that surround the Neolithic period, several are bound with questions about how the first settlers and farmers navigated across the Mediterranean, on vessels of a form. we can only guess at, which we must try to imagine loaded with exhausted and morose children, piles of jars, nets, supplies and animals in cages, as well as uninvited and unwelcome passengers such as pathogens, parasites and rodents. When son1.e such vessel brought the first settlers to the Maltese archipelago more than 7000 years ago, it opened an extraordinary chapter in Mediterranean history. Perhaps it is no accident that on Malta, by the entrance of the western apse of the South Temple at Tarxien, two standing megaliths are covered with graffiti that, although heavily eroded by weathering, may still be made out as prehistoric boats.
Description: A special issue of Archeo : attualita` del passato, published in collaboration with the Malta Tourism Authority
URI: https://www.um.edu.mt/library/oar//handle/123456789/43328
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