Inside a 5,000-year-old archaeological site in Malta, remains of a mysterious race with elongated heads and small stature were discovered.
As we delve deeper into the world of archaeology, we uncover facts that piece by piece, fill in the gaps in our ancient history’s intricate puzzle. Scientists continue to make discoveries that link many places around the world over long periods of time, potentially forming an ensemble picture in the future.
The Hypogeum of Hal-Saflieni, a subterranean site dating from roughly 3300 – 3000 B.C., is one such unique and complicated instance. After the remains of almost 7000 individuals with elongated heads, bones unlike any progenitor on the evolutionary scale, it was discovered to be a necropolis.
The discovery occurred in 1902 when workers on a construction site by chance broke through the roof. It happened as a consequence of an accident, just like so many previous significant discoveries. The attempts to conceal the underground megalithic building had all failed, fortunately for us.
The excavations were led by Manuel Magri. He was an archaeologist and a Jesuit priest who belonged to the Society of Jesus. The priest died in 1907, soon before the excavation report was published, under strange circumstances.
According to the official report, the megalithic tomb is a three-story catacomb carved out of more than 2000 tons of granite. Its walls were adorned with spirals, pentagons, floral themes, and animal designs, among other mathematical forms.
A passage from the National Geographic magazine from the 1920s supports this discovery, characterizing the early inhabitants of Malta as a race with elongated skulls.
“It appears that the early inhabitants of Malta were a race of long-skulled people of low to medium height, akin to the early people of Egypt, who spread westward along the north coast of Africa, where some went to Malta and Sicily and others to Sardinia and Spain, based on an examination of polished-stone age skeletons.” — National Geographic Magazine, Volume XXXVII, January to June 1920.
The Hal-Saflieni site has a number of rooms, some of which are tombs and others of which are sanctuaries:
The first stratum is 10 meters below ground level and consists of natural caves that were artificially enlarged later.
The main chamber forks into numerous rooms in the second stratum. In the first room, statues such as the interesting “Sleeping Lady” were unearthed. On the same floor, there’s the one-of-a-kind Oracle Room, which leads to the Decorated Room, which has smooth walls and an ornate spiral pattern.
A human hand carved into stone sits on the right side of the entrance wall in the same room. The next item on the excavation report is a 2-meter pit with an unknown purpose: pit snake or alms collection. Last but not least, there was a peculiar space known as “The Holy of Hollies,” which contained three vertical stone formations known as trilithons that were framed within each other.
There were no bones or traces of human remains on the third floor, thus it’s thought the area was used to store grains, water, and other food supplies.
The Oracle Chamber stands out among these chambers due to its unique features: a great acoustic enhancement design with incredible vocal resonance.
It’s thought that its high quality aided in spreading and amplifying the ritual chanting. The vibrations produced inside this chamber had a one-of-a-kind effect in transposing the emotional spectrum, which had never been seen before on our planet.
With elaborate crimson ochre spirals adorned with spherical blobs, this is also the site’s most visually rich chamber.
Researchers discovered that the people of this location 5,000 years ago were a short race with elongated skulls, oddities that are not present in our human predecessors, at least not those that we know about.
This intriguing fact alludes to a theory about an extraterrestrial race that formerly resided on what is now the Maltese island of Paola.
The skulls were on display in Valletta’s Archaeologic Museum for a short period before inexplicably disappearing without a trace. The only proof of this millennia-old finding comes in the form of a few photographs, which show that the strange find in Hal-Saflieni, Malta, is more than simply a local tradition or a fiction.
We can only speculate as to what happened to the skulls, but word has it that the government investigated the subject due to the value of the skulls. We are apparently forbidden from learning our genuine history due to the possibility of discovering contradictory truths.