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Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni

The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni and an unknown race with elongated skulls

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Many ancient megalithic structures exist in Malta and one of them is the ‘Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni’, a subterranean structure with magnificent properties that is more than 5,000 years old. The Hypogeum (a Greek word meaning ‘underground’) is supposed to be the oldest prehistoric underground temple in the world.

The discovery of this incredible site was made in 1902 when construction workers, who were excavating to build the foundations of a building, stumbled upon what appeared to be an underground sanctuary.  When archaeologists began uncovering the site, they found a massive underground structure consisting of three levels carved into stone. It has been estimated that more than 2,000 tonnes of stone would have needed to be removed for its construction.

The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni Today the whole of the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni is underground, but in the past the main entrance was on the surface, decorated with megaliths. On the walls of the Hypogeum many different patterns in red ochre were found.  Shapes like spirals, pentagons, floral patterns, and even the outline of a bull adorned the walls.

Within the Hypogeum, archaeologists have uncovered tombs, rooms of unknown function, and a ‘Main Chamber’, which is a circular room carved into rock with a few trilithon entrances. In this room, the statue of a sleeping lady was found (as shown in the picture). Other rooms include the ‘Decorated room’, the ‘Snake Pit’ and the ‘Holy of Holies’, and the ‘Oracle room’, a rectangular-shaped room which has very peculiar acoustic characteristics.

The acoustic properties of the ‘Oracle room’ have been studied extensively by researchers. Anything spoken in that room is heard all throughout the Hypogeum.  Furthermore, some research has shown that the acoustic properties of the reverberating sound affects human emotions. Research done by Paolo Debertolis and Niccolo Bisconti of the Universities of Triests and Siena respectively, has shown that the construction of the chamber was made in a way to affect the psyche of people, perhaps to enhance mystical experiences during rituals. The use of fractal non-linear resonances, which appear in the acoustics of the Hypogeum, is something that modern science has just started to investigate and the results show that these type of frequencies have the ability to alter matter.

The ‘Sleeping Lady’ found in the Main Chamber, along with other figurines found within the Hypogeum all display ‘abundant forms’.  In other words, the figures appear to be extremely obese, and there is no agreement as to why this may be.   

The Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni - Elongated SkullsOne particularly interesting fact about the Hypogeum is that when it was discovered, 7,000 skeletons were found piled within the chambers.  What’s more is that they had a unique characteristic – elongated skulls – and one of the skulls (out of only a handful that survived) lacked the Fossa median (the join that runs along the top of the skull).  It is known that some of the skulls were on display in the Archaeological Museum in Valletta. However, after 1985 all the skulls that had been found in the Hypogeum, along with other elongated skulls found across multiple ancient sites in Malta, disappeared without a trace, and have never been recovered. What remains to testify their existence and their abnormality are the photos of Dr Anton Mifsud, and his colleague Dr Charles Savona Ventura, and their books detailing the abnormalities of the skulls, including: elongation, abnormally developed temporal partitions, and drilled and swollen occiputs.  Supporting the finding is an extract written in the National Geographic magazine in the 1920s describing the first inhabitants of Malta as a race with elongated skulls:

From an examination of the skeletons of the polished-stone age, it appears that the early inhabitants of Malta were a race of long-skulled people of lower medium height, akin to the early people of Egypt, who spread westward along the north coast of Africa, whence some went to Malta and Sicily and others to Sardinia and Spain.

It is, of course, highly suspicious that the evidence for such a significant discovery went missing.  It appears to suggest that someone wished to keep the results of the finding out of public knowledge, and perhaps out of the hands of researchers.

A race of people with elongated skulls, a chamber of unbelievable acoustic properties, and the mysterious disappearance of more than 7,000 skulls makes you think that something very special happened in this place, yet very few people to know about it, and it appears someone wanted it to be this way.

By John Black

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It is very suspicious that all the skulls would disappear. Most likely someone or an organization that is afraid of changing the history books ideas on evolution. This is so wrong. They are lucky the culprits didn't destroy this series of chambers. I believe that sound can heal and perhaps this is a great healing chamber where the sounds can cure people or make them better. And no matter how much coverup has gone on with concealing discoveries, facts, evidence, and historical data (such as man being alive at the time of dinosaurs), if there were space aliens visiting earth at one time, most likely they will be back and no church or other organization will be able to stop it in the future. If space aliens or other people were on earth at one time, and if we are descended from this, it cannot be undone no matter what is hidden and/or stolen. It is also a form of prejudice.

Lacking the fossa median, it makes perfect sense that the Sleeping Lady (not to mention many other Venus artifacts), would be so immense at the hips, as her pelvis would need to be comparatively huge to pass those heads. Venerated queen bee type association? The structure itself has a beehive feel to it, in a sense from the photo. Rounded edged cells.  Maybe a secure, fortified, nursery even.


Two facts rise out of the mire of the often colorfull universe of theory. First, the skulls themselves. That they represent a real deviation from the norm is beyond debate. Secondly, the deliberate attempt to keep it a secret is also undeniable. I see only two possibilities come from this short list; One is that there is/ was a completley unique species or our planet was colonized. After that, my certainty falls back into the realm of speculation but while I wade in those waters my instincts tell me the latter is the case and Our story is interwinded with Them.

   This whole "sub-culture" we have going on here, in regard to alternative origins of humanity is fueled by that mystery. To me, the skulls are the smoking gun. They cannot be talked away. They are the jig dancing elephants in the room.

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I agree with your comment Peter. It is arrogance indeed that doesn't allow proper research to be done. And as you say we will never actually know what happaned unless we somehow we can travel in time and see with our own eyes ...

All theories are possibilities indeed, as you say.

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Archeology does what it can to reconstruct OUR idea of what the past was. This it cannot actually do, as the past does not exist, or the future, to be explored and evaluated. Our own memories play many tricks, from forgetting that you have just done something to remembering having just done something that you did not just do- you did it days ago and think you have just done it- why people "forget" to lock their front door, for example.

I postulate the possibilities, stating they are possibilities, but the academic unfortunately has the problem of having to accept established accepted research to be an archeologist at all, because any freedom of thought expressed therein amounts to a heresy identical to that which leads to schism, persecution and war in religion.

Nobody without a sound movie camera there at the time can PROVE any archeological claims. It cannot be done, and there are , to make things worse any number of forgeries and fakes, and here we are given to believe that 7000 skulls went missing, but where were their skeletons, and could they not simply be catacomb remains

of very recent origin, as the meditterranean cultures all have many mass burial sites of this kind . As these skulls are not around to look at unfortunately nobody knows or can say how many of them were elongated. One, three, all, or a couple of dozen.

It occurred to me however that they might have been a refugee priesthood escaping persecution on an island away from danger, but I lack the arrogance of Darwin, and would never bother to either believe in the idea, or dispute contradiction


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John Black

Dr John (Ioannis) Syrigos initially began writing on Ancient Origins under the pen name John Black. He is both a co-owner and co-founder of Ancient Origins.

John is a computer & electrical engineer with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, a... Read More

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