DISCOVERY

  
Preliminary Report of an undisclosed Archaeological Site in-Malta, 2015
  

  
By Al Nika
Independent investigator/Ancient Greek literature
  
 
Introduction

     This document is a preliminary report of an archaeological investigation conducted at an undisclosed location of the main island of Malta,  since July of 2015. A long-term research of references given about the area by ancient Greek writers preceded this investigation (>20 years). Upon completing the study, a first-hand examination, at a close approximation, took place confirming the results and further ensuring that the discovery is genuine. A verbal request was submitted towards the researcher of this study for a report of the findings after the Office of Superintendence of Heritage of Malta was informed. 

      According to the research, the archaeological site is the main settlement, the ‘capital’ of the prehistoric people of Malta from ~ 5,000 B.C to ~ 2,500 B.C, at which time, as a result of a catastrophe, the site was, presumably, destroyed. The demise of the site, in a form of a landslide (undated), was confirmed by a marine geologist. The archaeological investigation includes 4K high-resolution satellite images, pictures from the terrain around the bay as well as multibeam echosounder images.

     In order to pinpoint certain locations and landscapes, various ancient Greek writings were studied and deciphered. Nevertheless, the main guide for this investigation was a detailed description given by the ancient Greek philosopher, Plato, in his two dialogs Timaeus and Critias. The author of this research used his knowledge of ancient Greek, to decipher the writings from its original source. The depiction of this city is uncanny. It is so specific that it gives the impression of a narrator who had access to the blueprints of the city. Unfortunately, the English translation of these two particular books has been taken out of context and exaggerated to the extreme, hence, giving rise to fringe archaeology.

Site description

     According to the research, the undisclosed location, part of Malta, is a hot-archeological-zone, above sea level as well as below. The examination starts at ground zero Site#1, where a partial circular canal is visible (Fig 1) with a width of a little more than 40 meters (taking into account the element of erosion). 




 


Fig.1
     
    





Fig.2                                                                                                         Fig.3

   





Fig.4
      The search for 9 more other possible archaeological locations is in progress. Nevertheless, the emphasis is given to this particular location as the amount of work required is overwhelming, both, physically and financially.

Conclusion
     In conclusion, it is the opinionated recommendation of the author of this study that the mentioned area of the acquisition should be investigated by experts and secured from any outside intruders. The discovery could be of high importance, probably surpassing any other archaeological site found in the vicinity of the territory of the Republic of Malta, and why not those of other countries, including Greece and Egypt. It is scientifically impossible for this site to turn out as just a geological anomaly as the circumstances surrounding the site are endless. Having said that – the chances of small errors are always a possibility, nevertheless, it doesn’t divert the assertion of it being an archaeological-site-encounter.

  Acknowledgment
     It should be understood by the Archeological establishment of Malta that the research concluded by the Author, Mr. Al Nika, is a long and serious scientific study, not to be confused with fringe-archeology and in no way does it contrast with the conclusions reached by mainstream historians in reference to the Maltese temple builders. Quite the contrary, it is a supplementary study that further clarifies and enriches the pages of historical data collected by hard-working and serious archeologists through a long process of artifact-examinations. This study is the theoretical part, while the work done by Maltese/Foreign archeologists on this topic is the practical application; they go hand-in-hand. Nevertheless, having said that, there is always room for improvement, as the motto of the scientific research is and always will be; trial and error, learn from your own mistakes and improve.

  
      At first glance, and consulting the ancient writings, it gives the impression that a geological activity, possibly a small volcano, took place at an unspecified time. Nevertheless, given the nature of this research (historical/archaeological) and lack of geological expertise one can only speculate on the origin of the formation of this circular canal. According to Plato’s writings, it was created by “god” so the implication that it was naturally formed would be proper. The canal was used by the prehistoric Maltese people as part of their citadel. Furthermore, the ancient writings describe many circular canals one inside the other (concentric rings). This claim is confirmed by the second “hot zone” and the most important find within the bay. 
      At this point, the examination moves southeast,  at Site#2, (fig.2) about 250 meters from the coast. Site#2 has a rock-formation figure with dimensions of about 250 meters by 350 meters. It must have been the upper layer of Site#1 as it has the features that the Site#2 has, plus more. Due to the landslide, it has shifted down the slope at a distance of 2 kilometers. The partial canal on Site#2 is exactly 40 meters in width as the entire site is compound entirely of rock, thus making it difficult for erosion to widen the gap significantly, while Site#1 is entirely composite of the earth. That explains that little extra canal-width difference between both sites.
     Examination of Site#2 (fig3-3d model) reveals many features described in Critias, written by Plato. It should be emphasized that this was part of a larger citadel (fig. 4) with a diameter of about 1.08 km which as it came down the slope; broke free of the main piece. The partial canal (fig.2) with the width of 1 unit (40 meters) is followed by a strip of land (also partial) of 2 units (80 meters). The rest of the info about the Citadel can only be obtained by the ancient writings which are illustrated by the city-model (fig.3). Furthermore, the more analyzed details are only included in the actual scientific research, intellectual property of the Author (Al Nika) which can only be obtained by an official request.