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Title: The subterranean sanctuary at Ħal Saflieni
Authors: Mifsud, Anton
Mifsud, Simon
Keywords: Hypogeum (Paola, Malta)
Neolithic period -- Malta
Malta -- Antiquities
Prehistoric peoples -- Malta
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Malta
Megalithic temples -- Malta
Magri, Manwel, 1851-1907
Zammit, Themistocles, 1864-1935
Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum (Paola, Malta)
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Prehistoric Society of Malta
Citation: Mifsud, A., & Mifsud, S. (1999). The subterranean sanctuary at Ħal Saflieni. In A. Mifsud, & C. Savona Ventura (Eds.), Facets of Maltese Prehistory (pp. 149-168). Malta: Prehistoric Society of Malta.
Abstract: The Hypogeum at Hal Saflieni is a unique structure on planet Earth; it is the only known megalithic monument which has been carved underground, and no parallels can be drawn with similar structures elsewhere. It not merely testifies to the precocious civilization of the Neolithic Maltese, but is a surviving model of the several Maltese megalithic structures above ground. Unlike the open stone circles outside the Maltese islands, such as Stonehenge, the Maltese megalithic repertoire is characterized by a massive enclosure housing a sanctuary; unlike the megalithic tombs enclosed and buried in supporting soil, the Maltese structures are entirely self-supporting and stand freely, without the surrounding matrix required elsewhere. They are therefore rightly classed as the earliest temples on the planet.
ISBN: 9993215007
Appears in Collections:Facets of Maltese Prehistory

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