31 October 1999
UNIQUE DISCOVERY IN THE MALTESE WATERS. Discovery of structures similar to the megalithic temples by Dione Borg. Recently, structures resembling megalithic temples have been discovered on the seabed in Maltese waters. Current studies will show if it really is a unique megalithic temple. Based on his studies, a foreign archaeologist claims that this discovery was of great archaeological importance, and aroused great interest among foreign archaeologists. According to the information that il-Mument has, this discovery was already on 18 August 1999 during a meeting of the Interest Group for Phenomena and Border Sciences in Augsburg, Bavaria Germany by Professor and Archaeologist Hon. Hubert Zeitlmair, has been reported.
In fact, the structure was discovered and photographed on July 13, 1999 at 10 o’clock in the morning. The diver / cameraman who filmed the structure was Slnaun Arrigo, while the photographer who took the photos was his brother Kurt.
il-Mument interviewed Professor Zeitlmair, who explained that this structure is two stone circles. They stand on a kind of platform. Partially the stone blocks are long and rectangular, overturned and broken. The structure was found at approximately 8 to 19 meters depth, 2 km off the east coast of Malta.
Prof. Zeitlmair also said that these structures are full of vegetation, which can clearly be seen in the photos and in the video.
The temple is very similar to the temples of the period of Hagar Qim.
In the zone where the underwater structures have been found, there also appears to be some form of furrow cart ruts similar to those found on the island.
The discovery of this structure will have various archaeological interpretations, and the first effects are that it compares with the temples of Hagar Qim, Ggantija, Mnajdra, and the Hypogeum, which dates back to around 3500 BC. be backdated.
This archaeological discovery has also led to the discussion among the archaeologists regarding the period in which they were built. Prof. Zeitlmair states that these structures were built much earlier than is assumed for the megalithic temples in Malta. This claim raises a lot of questions that he tries to answer;
Who built these structures, when were they built, and for what purpose?
The inspiration of the archaeologist Zeitlmair comes from Zecharia Sitchin’s book series; The Earth Chronicle, which speaks of the origins of ancient civilizations.
Inspired by these books, and endowed with the fundamental knowledge of how and where the prehistoric temples in Malta and Goze were built, Zeitlmair came to the likelihood that even more temples and prehistoric structures could not yet have been discovered or excavated.
It seems that the thesis of the German archaeologist was also based on the possibility that structures could also be found in the Maltese territorial waters.