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The Red Skorba phase (4400-4100 BCE) is a period in Maltese prehistory marked by a distinctive style of ceramic vessels. Although related to earlier Grey Skorba wares, they are covered in red ochre.[1] Substantial village remains survive from this period.[2] The Red Skorba phase led to the Żebbuġ phase (4100-3700 BCE)[3] and the temple-builder culture.

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Archaeological remains dating to the Skorba phases suggest that the islanders had developed complex social systems based on a life style of mixed farming, domestic industry and ritual beliefs;[4] the Skorba small village complex contains domestic huts provided with ritual shrines.[5]

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The prehistoric site at Skorba was first noted during the early years of the twentieth century. At the time, a conspicuous megalith was recorded as a menhir;[6] however in 1937 Captain Charles Zammit, curator of archaeology, established the presence of other megaliths in the immediate vicinity and the site was fully excavated by David Trump between 1961-1963.

The importance of Skorba lies chiefly in the information that its artifacts provide about Maltese prehistory.[7]

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