Hi all -
I recently returned from a trip to Malta, and intended to write a bit
about it, recommending the country to anyone as a place not only of great
archaeological interest but most enjoyable to visit.
However, I just learned, on a Maltese web-site, that a few days after I
saw it, on Good Friday, 13th April, the 5,000 year old temple of Mnajdra
was brutally and extensively vandalised.
One of the things which impressed me there was the good nature of the
people and feeling of total safety - anywhere at any time - so learning of
this wanton, widespread destruction was rendered more incomprehensible than
had it taken place in a violent area.
I just skimmed through the recent Britarch archives and was surprised that
the subject was not mentioned. The temples there are the oldest stone
structures on earth, and Malta was British and is still in the
Commonwealth, I believe. If anyone wishes to read about it, here is the
address for the article in the Malta Times, and there are links to photographs.
From just ten days there I felt an emotional attachment to the people and
the islands, and this act of criminal stupidity has left me sick at heart.