Found Off Malta
- By Dione Borg
- Il-Mument Sunday newspaper
- From Mark Webmeister
- Recently, structures resembling a
megalithic temple have been found on the seabed in Maltese waters and they are being
studied to see if indeed they are a form of megalithic temple.
- These studies are being done by
foreign archaeologists because this find is being considered a very important one and
there is great interest amongst foreign archaeologists.
- From information that Il-Mument
has, it seems that this discovery has been announced in Augsburg, Germany by Professor and
Archaeologist Hubert Zeitlmar in a meeting of the Paleo Astronaut Society on the 18th
- The discovery was made on the 13
July 1999 at 10 am and was filmed. The diver and cameraman who filmed the structures was
Shaun Arrigo while the diver and photographer who took photos was his brother Kurt.
- Il-Mument has interviewed
Professor Zeitlmar who explained that amongst these structures there are two stone
circles. There are also other structures that seem to be long and rectangular but are
mostly broken and damaged. These structures are on a type of platform and are in water
that is between 8 and 15 metres deep about three kilometres from the Maltese coast.
- Professor Zeitlmar said that the
way the stone blocks had fallen and were damaged indicated that a large waves had invaded
what was once dry land.
- The German archaeologist said that
these structures were mostly covered in seaweed but from the video and photos it can be
clearly seen that they resemble other temples from the Hagar Qim period.
- In the area of the structures
underneath the sea there also seem to be lines (known as "cart ruts") which can
be found in several other places in Malta.
- It seems that the discovery of
these structures is being given different archaeological explanations and the first
indications are that they can be compared with the temples of Hagar Qim, the Hypogeum,
Ggantija and Imnajdra which supposedly go back to 3,500 BC.
- This archaeological find is
causing much discussion amongst archaeologists particularly about the period in which it
could have been built. The German archaeologist insists that these structures must have
been built much earlier than the megalithic temples in Malta and the questions he is
trying to answer is who built these structures, when were they built and why?
- It seems that what caused
archaeologist Zeitlmar to look for these structures are the books written by Zecheria
Sitchin, The Earth Chronicles, which details the origin of ancient civilisations.
- From these books and from the way
that prehistoric temples are built in Malta and Gozo, archaeologist Zeitlmar investigated
the possibility of other temples and prehistoric structures that haven't yet been dug up
or found. It seems that his theory was built around the possibility of finding these
structures somewhere in Maltese territorial waters.
- From JJ Mercieca
- More details from yesterday's Net
Tv exclusive news broadcast of the underwater video and interview with Prof Zeitlmar.
- Based on the last ice age,
Zeitlmar calculates that the structures were built 11,000 to 13,000 years ago - when the
ice melted it raised sea level in this area by 15 metres.
- The structures are clearly
artificial, square chambers, rectangular chambers, round chambers, large blocks of stone
interlocking similar to those seen in Inca architecture. The ruins are on a platform (area
of flat land) over 80 metres long.
- I'll try getting the original
video and photos and placing them on the web.
- JJ Mercieca