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Saflieni phase

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The Saflieni phase (3000-2500 BCE) of Malta's prehistory[1] was named after the Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni. The hypogeum and part of the Ta' Ħaġrat temple complex both date from this period.

This phase evolved from the Ġgantija phase (3600–3200 BCE)[1], and led to the Tarxien phase (3150-2500 BCE).[2]

Ħal Saflieni overviewEdit

File:Sleeping Lady Hypogeum Hal Saflieni.jpg

The Hypogeum in Paola, Malta, is a subterranean structure thought to have originally been a sanctuary. It became a necropolis in prehistoric times.[3] It is the only prehistoric underground temple in the world and was recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.[3]

Amongst various features of importance, a petrosomatoglyph of a human hand[4] and an iconic statuette called the Sleeping Lady[4] have been discovered in the hypogeum.


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