sábado, 27 de diciembre de 2014

Exploration into why a rich Temple-building civilization died out on Malta


Mnajdra Temple, Malta. Source: BigStockPhoto

The ancient Temple People civilization of Malta did not suffer invasions, widespread disease or famine, past research has shown. Why their culture died is a mystery.

A large team of researchers is carrying out studies to determine why the Temple People’s civilization on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo ended. The Temple People had an incredibly rich culture with unique art, stone temples and structures, huge burial sites and advanced agriculture going back to 4000 BC and ending around 2900 BC.

The stone structures on the island are among the oldest free-standing stone structures in history, Malta Today says in a long story about the new research.

The researchers will try to answer two questions: What killed off the Temple People? Why do some civilizations survive for many years in fragile environments and others don’t? [...] ancient-origins.net/ / Link 2