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MALTA, ENTRANCE TO THE CAVERN WORLD
C. Lois Jessop, Secretary, New York Saucer Information Bureau
I visited some friends on the Island of Malta in the Mediterranean in the mid-1930s. One afternoon six of us decided to hire a car and visit some of the many historical tourist attractions on the island. One of our party suggested that, since the weather was very hot, our best bet was to visit some of the caves and underground temples. At least there we could keep cool for a few hours.....
There was a fairly large cave entrance with ancient mural decorations of whirls and wavy lines, diamond patches here and there, also oval patterns seemingly painted with red ochre. ......
One by one we bent down low to walk through a narrow passage which led to a step or two, and again we were able to stand up in a fair sized room which had been built out of the Malta sandstone aeons ago in the Stone-Age.........
I was all for more exploring and talking it over with my friends, three of them decided to go with me and two waited with the guide. I was wearing a long sash around my dress and since I decided to lead the group I asked the next one behind me to hold on to it. Holding our half-burnt candles the four of us ducked into this passage, which was narrower and lower than the others.
Groping and laughing our way along, I came out first, onto a ledge pathway about two feet wide, with a sheer drop about fifty feet or more on my right and a wall on my left. I took a step forward, close to the rock wall side. The person behind me, still holding on to my sash, had not yet emerged from the passage. Thinking it was quite a drop and perhaps I should go no further without the guide I held up my candle.
There across the cave, from an opening deep below me, emerged twenty persons of giant stature. In single file they walked along a narrow ledge. Their height I judged to be about twenty or twenty-five feet, since their heads came about half way up the opposite wall. They walked very slowly, taking long strides. Then they all stopped, turned and raised their heads in my direction. All simultaneously raised their arms and with their hands beckoned me. The movement was something like snatching or feeling for something, as the palms of their hands were face down. Terror rooted me to the spot.
She had squeezed past it into the underground city beyond only a
few weeks earlier than the tragic event.Ms Jessup claims of seeing people living
Dr Mifsud said a human skull linking Malta to North Africa was discovered during excavations at Hagar Qim in 1839. It was classified as a skull from North Africa dating to prehistoric times.
This skull was described in several journals and books, such as Charles Pickering's The Races of Man in the mid-19th century.
At the time it was described by Dr Cesare Vassallo as a skull belonging to a male about 30 to 40 years old, and the particularly acute angle of the face characterised it as a Negroid skull.
It was also described and measured by Temi Zammit in 1910, together with the 11 prehistoric skulls initially recovered from the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum. According to Joseph S. Ellul, author of Malta: the pre-diluvian culture, this skull went missing in the mid-20th century.
We are back from a visit in Malta among the suite of Maurizia Giusti, alias Syusy Blady and the crew of her Italian national TV show, "Tourists by Chance". Together, we followed the traces of an ancient story that originated from the presence of megalithic temples dedicated to the Mother Goddess on the island, a thaumaturgic figure, adored in pre-historical times of this island that was to become an important cult center. The coverage gave us the possibility to try to resolve a mystery of interesting implications. It was known that until 1985 a number of skulls, found in pre-historic Maltese temples at Taxien, Ggantja and Hal Saflienti, were exposed in the Archeological Museum of the Valletta. But since a few years ago, these were removed and placed in the deposits.
From then, they were not to be seen by the public. Only the photographs taken by the Maltese researcher Dr. Anton Mifsud and his colleague, Dr. Charles Savona Ventura, remained to testify the existence of the skulls and prove…their abnormality. Books written by the two Maltese doctors, who since our first day in Malta helpfully provided us the necessary documentation for our research, illustrate a collection of skulls that show peculiar abnormalities and/or pathologies. Sometimes inexistent cranial knitting lines, abnormally developed temporal partitions, drilled and swollen occiputs as following recovered traumas, but above all, a strange, lengthened skull, bigger and more peculiar than the others, lacking of the median knitting. The presence of this finding leads to a number of possible hypotheses. The similitude with other similar skulls, from Egypt to South America, the particular deformity, unique in the panorama of medical pathology referred to such distant times, (we are talking about approximately 3000 BC) could be an exceptional discovery. Was that skull a result ancient genetic mutation between different races that lived on that island?
A number of other theories have propped up around the mysterious Hypogeum over the years with the help of such tales, some even believing that the cave realm acts as a special gateway to parallel dimensions.
More serious studies done in recent times are no less intriguing. Several scientists have studied characteristic acoustic resonance patterns that reverberate throughout the underground complex.....
Temple monuments thought contemporaneous to the Hypogeums constructions dot the island landscape on the surface above, all of which are aligned in numerous astronomical sight lines, including summer and winter solstices, perceived through small windows cut into the stone walls.
What is so bizarre about the skeletons is that virtually all the remains have somehow mysteriously disappeared over the years, so that by 1971 only 11 skulls were left. And by 2001, only six of the original 7000.
Of the skulls that do remain, the heads contain a unique deformed profile often seen in ancient cultures that prized an elongated skull achieved through binding infants heads with boards and padding. The deformed dolichocephalous skull type, an enlarged cranium, was seen as a sign of greater status in many ancient cultures, not just in Malta, but in South America and Meso America. It appears the ancient Egyptians performed the binding of the skull in its earliest prehistory as well.
When these were lifted they were found
to have been super-posed upon corpses, no
less than thirty -five skulls being found,
mostly beneath them. The slabs
and pebbles seem to have been used to prop
up and roof over the bodies, but the entrance
of water seems to have caused settlement which
resulted in the sinking of the blocks and the
crushing of the skeletons. The burial arrange-
ment, however, is comparable with the tomb-
tables of the sanctuaries, and is interesting in
connection with the origin of the dolmen. As
I propose to show later, the evolution of the
dolmen could be traced in Malta in all its stages
were it necessary to do so.
The corpses were laid horizontally on the left
side, facing east, and in several cases the position
was crouching. Some of the bodies had in early
times been removed for fresh burials, a circum-
stance for which a parallel will be found in
the scattered human bones of Santa Verna in
the proximity of the complete skeletons.
Thera, Tin, and the Aryan Invasion
Tin ore, however, was extremely rare. And as a result, tin would have become the strategic mineral of the Bronze Age, much like petroleum is the strategic mineral of our time. Those who controlled tin ore had the strong bronze military implements and bronze-related economies needed to keep control and maintain national integrity. Those who did not, fell behind.
And the Aryan Invasion appears to have swept south from this area. There is something quite telling about the Aryan Invasion in this regard. The "ar" sound in Aryan appears to have the same Indo-European root as words for "ore" in various Indo-European-derived languages, "ore" in English, "erz" in German, for instance.
They were thus the "Ore People." Apparently they did not differentiate between "ore" and its product, "metal." So they may have called themselves the "Metal People." This comes in contention with the commonly held opinion that the "Aryan" name meant "noble," or "superior." I would guess that this nomenclature came after the fact. The Aryans dominated other peoples and became superior in the social stratigraphy, and they were thus able to be noble. It is hard to dismiss the idea of "Ore People" as perhaps having been their original designation for themselves.
In 2001, Malta produced 30 tons of salt, obtained in the desalination of sea water; 20 hard limestone quarries yielded 2 million tons of crushed aggregates, for use in construction, lime manufacture, and as a concrete additive; 60 soft quarries produced 300,000 tons of building blocks
It was discovered that limestone, when burnt and combined with water, produced a material that would harden with age. The earliest documented use of lime as a construction material was approximately 4000 B.C. when it was used in Egypt for plastering the pyramids(ref. ii). The beginning of the use of lime in mortars is not clear. It is well documented, however, that the Roman Empire used lime based mortars extensively. Vitruvius, a Roman architect, provided basic guidelines for lime mortar mixes(ref. iii).
"… When it [the lime] is slaked, let it be mingled with the sand in such a way that if it is pit sand three of sand and one of lime is poured in; but if the same is from the river or sea, two of sand and one of lime is thrown together. For in this way there will be the right proportion of the mixture and blending."
Mortars containing only lime and sand required carbon dioxide from the air to convert back to limestone and harden. Lime/sand mortars hardened at a slow rate and would not harden under water. The Romans created hydraulic mortars that contained lime and a pozzolan such as brick dust or volcanic ash. These mortars were intended be used in applications where the presence of water would not allow the mortar to carbonate properly(ref. iv). Examples of these types of applications included cisterns, fish-ponds, and aqueducts.
The study of the structure was first entrusted to Father Manuel Magri of the Society of Jesus, who directed the excavations on behalf of the Museums Committee. Magri died in 1907, before the publication of the report. Following Magri's sudden death, excavation resumed under Sir Themistocles Zammit.
"That we may be altogether of the same mind and in conformity ... if [the Church] shall have defined anything to be black which to our eyes appears to be white, we ought in like manner to pronounce it to be black."