3600-2500 Malta Animal Relief of a bull and sow part of monumental structures from Tarxien, Malta. Maltese prehistory has been recalibrated to 3rd millennia BCE. The prehistoric Maltese cultures developed earlier and independently of the Egyptian pyramids or Stonehenge.
1600 BCE, The Tarxien ship graffiti are among the oldest in the Mediterranean. This period of Malta represents a distinct and later culture from the Maltese monument builders whose culture ended circa 2500 BCE.
Tas-Silġ Sanctuary (Malta). The earliest construction was of a temple typical of the Tarxien phase (3000-2500 BCE), accompanied by a group of megaliths. The hilltop was then occupied by the people of the following Bronze Age (2500-700 BCE). The Phoenicians took over the site around 700 BCE. In the last phase of its life, towards the fifth century CE, a church was built on the site. The site takes its name from the nearby Church of our Lady of the Snows (in Maltese ‘Tas-Silġ’)