Bill, Your news is sad. We almost made it to Malta last year.
You note " The temples there are the oldest stone structures on earth"
Are not those in Egypt, for example, older? I am assuming you are only
referring to 'stone' structures, as the temples found in Mesopotamia
date much earlier than that, but I believe were built of clay.
On 4/28/01 10:59 AM W. J. Frey writes:
>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
>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
>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
> From just ten days there I felt an emotional attachment to the
>the islands, and this act of criminal stupidity has left me sick at heart.
Beatrice Hopkinson 73071,327@compuserve