Skorba Temples World Heritage Site

Megalithic temple remains in Malta

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Skorba Temples is located in Malta
Skorba Temples
Location within Malta
LocationŻebbiegħ, Mġarr, Malta
Coordinates35°55′14.84″N 14°22′39.58″E / 35.9207889°N 14.3776611°E / 35.9207889; 14.3776611
TypeTemple
Village
History
MaterialLimestone
Foundedc.4850 BC (earliest remains)
c.3600 BC (temple)
PeriodsGħar Dalam phase
Grey Skorba phase
Red Skorba phase
Ġgantija phase
Tarxien phase
Site notes
Excavation dates1914–1961
ArchaeologistsDavid Trump
ConditionRuins
OwnershipGovernment of Malta
ManagementHeritage Malta
Public accessYes
WebsiteHeritage Malta
Part ofMegalithic Temples of Malta
CriteriaCultural: (iv)
Reference132ter-005
Inscription1980 (4th session)
Extensions1992, 2015
Area0.103 ha (11,100 sq ft)

The Skorba temples are megalithic remains on the northern edge of Żebbiegħ, in Malta, which have provided detailed and informative insight into the earliest periods of Malta's neolithic culture.[1] The site was only excavated in the early 1960s, rather late in comparison to other megalithic sites, some of which had been studied since the early 19th century. The site's importance has led to its listing as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a listing it shares with six other megalithic temples in Malta.

This later excavation allowed the use of modern methods of dating and analysis. The temple itself is not in good condition, especially in comparison to the more complete temples of Ħaġar Qim and Tarxien. However, the importance of this site does not lie in the actual remains but rather in what was garnered from their excavation.[2]

  1. ^ Trump, Cilia, Malta Prehistory and Temples, p. 156
  2. ^ Trump, Malta: An archaeological guide, p. 137

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