It had long been thought that the Mesolithic, which is the period following on the last Ice Age, was a cultural void. This may have been true to a certain extent with regards to pottery, the flagship of archaeological sequence dating. Conventional thought places its invention in the Near East in around 6000 BC. Consequently, little was known about the period before that date. The discovery of the orientation of the Maltese temples to Sirius results in a logical progression in the temple building sequence. One might expect the smallest buildings to be the oldest and the most dilapidated, and the largest to be the youngest. Their astronomical dating shows this to be broadly true. Moreover, their orientation to Sirius explains the slight shift in their axes, caused by the movement of the stars called the precession of the equinoxes, with almost mathematical precision. The astronomical dating of the temples presented in this book is on a par with other megalithic sites at the same latitude of Malta, going back to the Mesolithic period. The implications are far reaching, not just for Malta but for a much wider sphere. Once freeing ourselves from the dictates of the old nineteenth century philosophies about our past, new vistas open before our eyes of a legacy we never dreamed existed. The ancient megalithic ruins that are found all over the world, but foremost in Malta, begin to speak another language, not that of primitive cave-dwellers but of primeval astronomers.
This is the story of a quest which the author has been embarked upon for the past ten years. It gets to the heart of some central questions concerning Malta’s Stone Age temples. Why are there so many of them? Why are they so relatively unknown and ignored? Why has their dating been so much a matter of dispute? Why do no two temples have exactly the same orientation despite their conspicuous pattern? This book will address all of these questions, and it will undoubtedly cause some strong reactions, because it challenges archaeological orthodoxy. But the concern throughout has solely been to arrive at the truth, and to let facts speak for themselves. The results of the findings presented here are surprising, and they have the potential to uproot some old, ingrained conceptions about ancient human culture that have been taken for granted for far too long. The outcome will, it is believed, restore Malta’s temples to their rightful place in the story of mankind and cast a refreshingly new light on what ancient people living in the Stone Age were capable of. All this has been the result of one simple question: What star have the Maltese megalithic temples been orientated towards? (SURSA)