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« on: October 22, 2007, 09:24:33 pm »

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The southern temple is the older and more extensive of the two. It dates back to approximately 3600 BC. The temple, like other megalithic sites in Malta, faces southeast. The southern temple rises to a height of six metres. At the entrance sits a large stone block with a recess. Some archaeologists have hypothesized that this was a ritual ablution station for purification before entering the complex. The five apses contain various altars; evidence of animal bones in the site suggests the site was used for animal sacrifice. Carvings that decorate the site depict goats, sheep, and pigs of both sexes, possibly showing which animals were used by the sacrifical cult.
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