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Malta Sending Message That It Dumps Trash On Its Treasures

BOSTF Director

Cynthia Busuttil

Astonishment as to how anyone could consider building a landfill close to the Mnajdra temples was yesterday expressed by Linda Eneix, the director and president of the North America based Old Temple Study Foundation (OSTF).

"I was personally astonished that anyone could consider this", she told The Malta Independent yesterday.

Ms Eneix said anything considered in this region should be very carefully planned as the area was "way too sensitive", adding that ideally an alternative place for the landfill should be found.

"The message that Malta seems to be sending to the rest of the world is that it dumps trash onto its treasures", she said.

And Ms Eneix's belief was supported by a number of archaeological experts from around the world, who attended a conference at the end of last month. The conference - Exploring the Maltese Prehistoric Temple Culture - was the first of its kind organised by the OSTF, and a number of issues regarding the local temples were raised.

The OSTF is a non-profit organisation that deals with the prehistory of Malta and Gozo. Ms Eneix explained to this paper that the organisation plans education, research and observation activities, and profit from these is used to finance research about the temples.

Ms Eneix explained that the organisation was set up eight years ago from a personal "obsession" about the temples, which she said were older than anything else.

The Mnajdra temples were at the centre of discussion during the conference not only because of the proposed landfill, but also because of its astronomical significance. Engineer Chris Micallef made a convincing case for an alignment for the equinoctial sunrise. But he asked: "If it was so important for the builders, why was it not applied in other temples?"

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Posted by BrigantesNation
11th October 2003ce
Edited 13th October 2003ce

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