Underwater Structures Found Off Malta
3rd Nov 1999
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 August.
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.
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