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A project is under way to save the 8,000 year-old temples on the Mediterranean island of Malta from serious erosion.

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Part of a wall in one of the apses of Tarxien Temples collapsed during heavy rain in the early hours of Wednesday, Heritage Malta said yesterday.
The area affected is a dry-stone wall built under the direction of Sir Themistocles Zammit during the second decade of the 20th century to help define and preserve the form of the prehistoric structure. About 10 of the dry-stone blocks forming the southwest apse of the south temple came loose.

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Archaeologists have discovered megaliths and boulders that date back to 4,100-2,500 B.C. at the site of the Tarxien temples in Malta.
The site was described by archaeologist Kevin Borda as most important since a burial ground was unearthed at the Brockdorff Circle in Xaghra in 1990.
It lies within a plot of land measuring 25 by eight metres towards the back of the plot.

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Bronze age settlement found in Malta
A series of tombs and silos, probably dating back to the Bronze Age and early Roman period, have been discovered on the site set to become the new US Embassy, in Ta' Qali (Malta). A team of nine archaeologists and students have been working at the site since August in a bid to survey the area as thoroughly as possible because a number of the structures - which are in very bad shape - may now be buried again under the new embassy. In fact, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority gave its final seal of approval after the Superintendence of Cultural Heritage certified there was no need for the artefacts to be kept on display.
During an onsite visit, Cultural Superintendent Nathaniel Cutajar said the findings had been given a C grade, which in layman's terms means they could now be buried again, but not destroyed. The US Embassy is not yet sure what it will do, yet it is possible the finds will remain exposed and incorporated in the landscaping since the embassy will only take up a small portion of the land. The embassy's general services officer, Joseph Runyon, said, however, there are plans to exhibit small artefacts that have been recovered from the site.
 So far, the embassy has funded the archaeological studies, which are likely to cost about Lm7,000. Four tombs and 17 silos have been found but there may be more. Even though the findings are still being processed, it seems that people had originally settled there in the Bronze Age but there is evidence to suggest it was populated during early Roman times. Unfortunately, the tombs in particular suffered extensive damage over the years. Besides having been quarried in the 1800s, the site was levelled off and developed, to be used eventually as the counting hall during general elections. Little more than a few inches is left of the once storey-high tombs, for instance.

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The Malta Environment and Planning Authoritys Development Control Commission has been advised to grant permission to a private developer to build a two-storey house and swimming pool adjacent to Gozos prehistoric Xaghra Circle.
The site in question, in the shadow of the Ggantija Temple and in the middle of an archaeologically rich area, lies partly within the limits of the important Xaghra Circle archaeological site.
Mepas development permission application report in fact notes that the back of the site falls within an area designated as an archaeological park.

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... that seems to read the stars and moon
... the stars and moon as interpreted by our forefathers
... our forefathers who left us a priceless heritage

Once, some 2500 years before the birth of Christ, there lived a people that placed their mark in history with the construction of megalithic temples on the Maltese Islands.

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The Tarxien Neolithic Temples, are the largest temple complex on Malta near the village of Ħal Tarxien

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Latitude: 35.869200N Longitude: 14.512100E

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Heritage Malta has moved two unique megaliths at Tarxien Temples in a bid to save what could possibly be the oldest representations of sea-faring vessels ever found. The initiatives forms part of a conservation project on Tarxien Temples funded by Bank of Valletta.
Other megaliths decorated with relief carvings depicting spirals, animals and other designs were moved to the National Museum of Archaeology in the 1950s. The megaliths bearing graffiti of ships were left on site as they appeared to be in a good state of preservation.
However, continuous exposure to fluctuating temperatures, wind, rainfall and rising damp were leading to the rapid deterioration of these megaliths, therefore threatening the preservation of the graffiti.

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Latitude: 35.869200N  Longitude: 14.512100E

 



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