Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
Despite being temporarily closed until further notice for restoration (as of spring 2016), this multi-level, underground burial complex that dates back to 4,000 B.C. is one of the country’s most unique. What makes this burial site different from all other burial sites? While being excavated in 1902, archeologists found red ochre paintings on some of the walls, along with miniature ceramic figurines including one called the “Sleeping Lady” that’s considered to be one of the greatest masterpieces of prehistoric anthropomorphic representation. It currently resides at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta.
By Sara Lieberman, AFAR Contributor
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