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In between the European and African continents lies an island known as Malta and to the most northern part of southeast Malta rests an archaeological site that once belonged to some of human’s earliest ancestors that is nothing short of a secret waiting to be discovered. From elongated skulls to unexplained paranormal events, allow us to indulge you into just a small part of our ongoing investigation into acoustics.
If precision is your thing, the exact location of this site is: Triq Ic Cimiterju Raħal Ġdid, PLA 1116, Malta (35.86968347444159, 14.506848504508138). This is Malta’s Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni and is a bronze age alleged sanctuary constructed approximately 5 or 6 millenniums ago. Cave, labyrinth, chamber, temple; call it what you will but there is no confusing it’s mysterious acoustic properties.
The Hypogeum is capable of resonating soundwaves at a frequency of 110 hertz, as discovered by Ruben Zahra, a Maltese composer, and an accompanying research team. It is said standing within feels like standing inside a giant bell. Soundwaves are amplified and seemingly vibrate everything in the body including even your bones/
Carved out of globigerina limestone, the structure consists of 3 levels and they are as follows:
This is the uppermost level and consists of a natural cave that has been extended. The interior is a large cavity with a passageway and along this can be found burial chambers on each side. It is believed to have been in use around 3600 – 3300 BC.
This is the middle/ central level and is believed to have been in use around 3300 – 3000 BC. The middle level consists of a Main Room, Oracle Room, Decorated Room & the “Holy of Holies”.
The Main Room is a rounded cavity with walls, lined with many entrances, that appear to have been coated with a red ochre. A statue dubbed the “Sleeping Lady” has been recovered from this area.
The oracle room is one of the smaller side chambers and is rectangular in shape. This is the room that has the incredible acoustic properties.
The decorated room, is as the name suggests, intricately decorated with smooth inward slanted walls. This room also contains a petrosomatoglyph of a homosapien.
The Holy of Holies room appears to be intentionally facing the Winter Solstice.
This is the bottom-most level and it doesn’t appear to be all that interesting. It appears to have just been a storage room for wheat or something. It is believed to have been in use around 3150 – 2500 BC.