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Sky and Purpose in Prehistoric Malta

Sun, Moon, and Stars at the Temples of Mnajdra

by Tore Lomsdalen
ISBN: 978-1-907767-41-8
£11.10 - £19.03
1 Aug 2014
Paperback; 260 pages

The megalithic temples of Malta, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites, have been a continued attraction for exploring unanswered questions about prehistoric culture. In this book, Tore Lomsdalen situates the temples in their archaeological context and reviews the archaeoastronomical surveys on them. He then turns to the question of intentionality in the alignment of the Mnajdra South temple. Lomsdalen presents the results of years of fieldwork conducted at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and introduces new evidence and insights into the quixotic temple architecture and its relationships with the sky.

Archaeology, Archaeoastronomy
Malta, Mnajdra, Temples, Prehistoric Culture

About the Author

Tore Lomsdalen began the Cultural Astronomy and Astrology MA programme in 2008 and graduated in 2013. His MA dissertation, Sky and Purpose in Prehistoric Malta: the Sun, Moon and the Stars the Temples of Mnajdra, was recently published by the Sophia Centre Press. Since then Heritage Malta have bought 300 copies which are now for sale at bookshops at all their archaeological sites. Tore also lectures on archaeoastronomy and cosmology at conferences and universities, and has recently been accepted to start a PhD in ‘Cosmologies of Prehistoric Malta’ at the University of Malta.