Because of the natural cycles of cosmic perfection followed by natural and human disasters and decline -there are countless examples of advanced technology which are the remnants of previous advanced civilizations and cultures. Many of these examples fall into the category that might be called the super-megalithic, which by size, weight, or perfection excels many of the modern works of man.
The buildings on the islands of Malta and Gozo fall into this super-megalithic catagory like the Giza Pyramids –which are the most advanced, albeit the most ancient.
Bernard Vassallo in Prehistoric Malta, Europe, and North Africa (p.144) writes, “There is nothing looking remotely like one of these temples outside the Maltese islands, so we cannot use ‘foreign influence’ to explain them away. The almost complete absence of imported pottery further strengthens the argument.” Vassallo also quotes David H. Trump, author of several books and essays published over the years as saying, “Their plan layout and construction is unique, and in no way do they resemble the megalithic structures of other distant or nearby countries...Their singularity is one of their chief characteristics...Nowhere else does one find such sophisticated lobed stone buildings.” These temples are very ancient but conservatively dated in the period of 4100 BC-2500 BC. The ground plan layout of Malta’s temples is exactly like much later Medieval churches with multiple side altar chambers radiating from a central axis. Existing corbelling at Hagar Qim, Mnajdra, and other structures rising above the walls demonstrate that the temples were domed and roofed over in stone and may have had a final oculus in the middle of their roof similar to the oculus in the Pantheon in Rome. There are ancient and actual carved stone images upon some of the temple rocks which depict designs of domed temples. structure of stone.
The temples of Malta show many instances of gigantic stones drilled or chiseled through their centers to make a doorway or portal in the middle of the monolith. This is an incredible feat of skill and artisanship. The only other place on the globe that possesses monolithic portals of this size is Tiwanaku in Bolivia.
[re-write]***The underground temple called the Hypogeum and the over ground temples of Malta and Gozo are among the oldest, or the oldest, man-made structures on our planet. These temples are totally unique and different from anything else found in the ancient world. Actually they are more comparable to renaissance cathedrals with their multiple side altars and apses for special devotions and altars to the saints. Even though they are the oldest –their complex geometry and layouts place them among the most advanced of all megalithic buildings every constructed. These temples contain multiple chambers which served as side altars, complex temple additions, corbeled stone roofs founded upon steady rubble in-fill between interior and massive exterior walls of giant stones which served to buttress the heavy thrust of the stone domes. Most of these domes have collapsed inward as their rubble attests, but several rows of corbelling still exist to define the base of these advanced domes which may have terminated in an oculus as seen in the Pantheon at Rome. Again the problem arises that the oldest is more advanced that the latest!
In addition to all this the temples are the oldest by Carbon 14 testing, yet they exhibit sophisticated and gigantic stone statues, exquisite small pottery figures, elegant carvings of spirals and ornamentation, and accurate astronomical alignments throughout the entire range of their many temples. As well, these temples have giant doorways between rooms carved out of a single monolithic piece of rock, which I have only witnessed again in Tiwanaku in Bolivia. Curiously, both Malta and Tiwanaku share in an archaeology that shows that both places were overwhelmed by tsunami flood because of their excavations of a mess of human bones, domestic animals, household pots and implements found in a churned up mess in excavations in both countries. Again, how is it that these most sophisticated sites turn out to be the oldest?
The culture of this region also has an ancient tradition of elongated skulls exactly alike to those found in North and South America. The British were the last colonial rulers of both Ireland and Malta; and this accounts for the fact that the astronomical alignments of their ancient structures were never mentioned by archaeologists under British dominance whose main objective has always been to advance their global agenda supported by a philosophy of English “exceptionalism’ with its sub-theme of native primitiveness and substandard science and culture. This has been their modus oporandi around the world.
Anyone who has grown up studying the megalithic works of Ireland, Britain, and Brittany is familiar with the round ring mounds, stone circles, and fairy forts. The most beautiful of these are Bru na Bóinne (Newgrange) in Ireland and Gavrinis in Brittany whose spiral carvings are almost identical. But upon visiting Malta one discovers true temples with many chambers and niches, spiral carvings, and monumental stone statues as well as finely detailed and exquisitely fashioned clay human figurines which bespeak a highly advanced and expansive hierarchical structure of high gods and subordinate deities.
The bulbous chambers are often surrounded by a more general outer wall and infill between these two megalithic walls which serves to strengthen the entire structure to allow corbelled stones to form a cupola over each main chamber, perhaps with a central oculus like the Pantheon in Rome. These domes have fallen inward over time but their debris and the remaining vaulting substantiate their existence. In addition to these amazing structures underground carved temples have likewise been discovered. Present carbon 14 tests affirm that the megalithic structures on Malta are the most ancient in the entire world –while other less sophisticated sites in the world are more modern. Current science calls this an anomaly because today’s science adheres to a paradigm of straight-line human advancement and evolution.
Those who have traveled around the world and have visited sites like Tiwanaku in Bolivia have learned that life on this planet is precarious and that great natural events and disasters do happen which catapult human advancement right back into the survival mode of the original humans. Even in our lifetime we have witnessed the great tsunami of Southeast Asia and Japan, Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, and the eruptions of giant volcanoes, and the occurrence of damaging earthquakes around the planet. Tiwanaku and its neighbor Puma Punku was tossed apart by a gigantic earthquake which tilted the entire Lake Titicaca forever producing a tsunami which jumbled and buried the super-megalithic structures as if they were the toy blocks of a child.
In Underworld (p.356-8) Graham Hancock quotes the work of Anton Mifsud who says, “The accumulation of human remains at the Hypogeum in Hal Saflieni were not related to primary ritual burial, but were brought down into the Hypogeum labyrinth through the action of flood water in a matrix of red earth and soil.” Hancock also quotes Renfrew as saying that, “The bones it contained were indeed in such an extreme state of disarrangement that any form of ‘regular internment was out of the question’.” Hancock then cites the excavation reports which describe “disarticulated, non-anatomically disposed remains in an entirely ‘unstratified deposit’ made of the red earth one finds I our fields. Mifsud argues that only one agency is capable of forming such a conglomerate of animal and human bones, and assorted other materials, all muddled up together and evenly spread throughout –namely a flood. Mifsud then cites the natural limestone caves of Ghar Dalam which contains six distinct layers of flood deposits over a period of 200,000 years. The nearby Tarxien temple complex was covered by a one meter layer of sterile silt. The description of these flood deposits is similar to the description of the flood deposits found at Tiwanaku on Lake Titicaca, Bolivia –descriptions which were disparaged and filed away on purpose for the obvious reason that they substantiate the idea of cycles of human advancement, decline, and destruction.
In Klaus Albrecht’s Malta’s Temples, Alignments and Religious Motives, and his film Light and Stone, Malta’s Temples at Winter Solstice there is absolute confirmation of solar and stellar alignments. He also has superimposed an outline of one of the many “fat lady” images upon one of the temple ground plans which results in a very close fit. This analogy also allows the solstical light ray to impregnate the “fat lady” image in a sacred light-show of the cosmos energizing and fructifying our planet through the image of the Earth-mother.