posted on Jan, 21 2012 @ 03:58 AM
Originally posted by Flavian
However, back to the matter at hand. The Knights Hospitaller were based on Malta, as well as it's derivative into the 16th and 17th century. During
this later spell, they used the island as a base for attacking the Barbary pirates of North Africa and the Ottoman Empire. They were also not above
kidnapping ships full of christians and selling them to Barbary pirates in order to both raise funds for themselves and to further hatred of the
Muslims. They were also involved in the trade in antiquities - as such you would expect Malta to be littered with remnants from all over the Middle
That's what I was thinking to. The artifact is out of place. Doesn't really fit the cult religions on Malta during the time period in question and
no other artifacts to indicate any other trade going on between Malta and Mesopotamia either.
So perhaps it was the Knights. Since they were heavily involved in Crusades, taking stuff from the middle east and attacking pirate ships that might
have had artifacts on those ships.