The Maltese islands may have been the lost city of Atlantis according to a latest theory doing the rounds in the archaeological sector due to the following 10 reasons:
1. Malta has the oldest free standing temples, 35 in total in such a small area, these buildings are older than the Pyramids in Egypt and Stonehenge in the UK.
2. There is evidence that a catastrophe struck the islands long ago, as Cart Ruts lead straight to the sea and off cliff tops. This could mean that in the past the Maltese islands were larger and connected to mainland Europe and Africa.
3. Many different species of animals, including elephants and hippopotamus, which can longer be found in Malta were found packed in Ghar Dalam.
4. According to the Plato’s dialogues, a catastrophic eruption occurred and the island of Atlantis was submerged under the sea. It is theorized that Malta was hit by massive earthquakes and eruptions that created three different islands.
5. The story of Atlantis is engraved on a wall in the temple of Neith at Sais, in Egypt. It refers to an area in the Western Ocean, which no longer exists and is now called the Mediterranean Sea. Malta fits the description perfectly.
6. Once again, Plato’s dialogues, mention that the remains are scattered on several islands not connected to any continent. Once again the prehistoric temples scattered over Malta and Gozo fit the premise.
7. The Greek mention that Atlantis was close to their shore and we know that the Greeks were not sea-faring people, Malta is quite close to Greece.
8. A little known underwater site referred to as “Ġebel ġol-Baħar” (roughly translated: “stones underwater”) is a possible megalithic temple located underwater off the coast of St. Julian’s, Malta. The site was identified quite recently, in 1999. It consists of a cluster of three stone circles with ‘rooms’ with a diameter of 9 to 11 metres, with parts having a height up to 6 to 10 metres. An ‘avenue’ goes up to the entrance of the structure, which faces east. Tracks on the seabed resembling cart ruts were also observed on the site. If this is real it is proof that this area was not underwater in pre-history.
9. In 2013, marine scientists at the University of Malta discovered that 20,000 years ago, the Maltese islands were indeed much larger, and were connected to Sicily with a land bridge.
10. In the book “Malta Fdal Atlantis” (translation: “Remains of Atlantis”), published in 2002, Francis Galea writes about several older studies and hypotheses, particularly that of Maltese architect Giorgio Grongnet, who in 1854 already had proposed the idea that the Maltese Islands are the remnants of Atlantis.