On the Mediterranean island of Malta, there are UNESCO sites older than the Pyramids of Egypt. They need to be protected.
Near the town of Mgarr in Malta, there is a stone structure older than the Egyptian Pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge. Designated as a World Heritage Site under UNESCO, the Ta’ Ħaġrat Temples, built between 3600 BCE and 3200 BCE, are some of the oldest religious sites in the world.
Excavations began on the site in the 1920s after archaeologists took an interest in a strange mound in the middle of a farmer’s field. Inside the temple, they discovered a beautifully intact clay model of a similar temple with a stone roof.
Despite damage from the roots of a large carob tree, natural erosion, and the farmer’s use of the stones to build a house, the site continues to remain unprotected from the weather and is threatened by land developers. A tent similar to the ones used to protect Malta’s Ħaġar Qim from rain, wind, and hail would help tremendously. Perhaps the allure of more tourism dollars may be the key to local and international support for the site’s defense.