Ruts run on parallel lines.

Ruts run on parallel lines.

Being one of the world’s smallest countries, on a per square metre (or mile) comparison, the volume of historical studies written about Malta and Gozo indisputably far exceed that of any other country.

 

In terms of world history (not merely European) it has an archaeological, geological and geographic importance that spans 7,000 years of recorded history and – as some theorists would have it – much, much more than that.

One of a network of great underwater caves around Malta and Gozo.

One of a network of great underwater caves around Malta and Gozo.

 

The much-fabled and “lost” continent of Atlantis has for centuries been the subject of fantasies, dreams and speculation, a vast stretch of land of imperial grandeur and somehow connected to superior beings from the universe who conquered the planet Earth and administered it as one vast empire.

Plato

Plato

 

During a week-end of severe electric storms last winter I reviewed a recent study that I came across by the German professor Dr Hubert Zeitlmair which contends that Malta was the nerve-control centre of Atlantis. Zeitlmair maintains that unlike the description by Plato (who, Zeitlmair claims, bungled the proper facts) in his Timaeus, Atlantis stretched from Egypt, throughout the North African coast to Morocco, the whole of the Mediterranean, up northwards into The Alps and stretched eastwards to what today is most of the Atlantic Ocean and the United States.

Timaeus by Plato

Timaeus by Plato

 

He based his contentions on the many years of investigations in Malta and findings in Malta and Gozo that he claims conform to descriptive historical scripts mostly in Sanskrit that were found in Egypt and the US itself.

 

I will not bore you with the minute technical details (many of which I do not comprehend anyway) but his conclusions are that Atlantis was a vast empire controlled from outer space with instructions and messages being relayed to Malta from space and in turn these transmitted throughout Atlantis.

 

A drawing by Kircher and his location of Atlantis between Africa and the Americas.

A drawing by Kircher and his location of Atlantis between Africa and the Americas.

He cites as proof the so-called Cart Ruts at Dingli, mostly parallel lines hewn into the rocks and for which there has not as yet been any plausible explanation except that these were part of a vast network of ruts. In some places on the Dingli Cliffs they are so prolific that humourists have labelled the area “Clapham Junction” after the London junction with its myriad criss-cross of train lines crossing and veering off in different directions.

 

How were they hewn most accurately? Why do they veer in some places? Above all, what was their use? Were they a form of transport? Were they used for the conveyance of materials? Did wheels or sledges fit the rut gauges? There has been much speculation but no actual, factual explanation.

 

Cart ruts on Dingli Cliffs.

Cart ruts on Dingli Cliffs.

Additional to these, Zeitlmair cites the vast network of underground water channels and caves that underlie the water surfaces around the two small islands and extend deep into the Mediterranean Sea under which they are now submerged. Some contend these underground channels were actually used as a metro system linking several places together.

 

Combining this evidence with later Neolithic developments such as the stone temples at Hagar Qim, Mnajdra and Ggantija and later still the underground burial crypt Hypogeum, Zeitlmair concludes that the human beings responsible for these developments had an intelligence that was far superior to populations elsewhere.

 

The power of electricity - electric storm over Malta.

The power of electricity – electric storm over Malta.

Zeitlmair then transferred his studies to Illinois in the United States and to the decipherment of many Sanskrit stone tablets that had been found there and concluded these were a form of Proto-Sanskrit that preceded the younger Vedic-Sanskrit and – according to him – clearly verified the thesis that Malta had been an advanced “Radio Power Station”, that the Three Hills syndrome demarcated the European portion of Atlantis (he relates the Three Hills structure of Europe’s surrounding mountain structures and is further evidenced by the multiples of three to nine (shades of the biblical Apocalypse!). In fact today, Gozo is still known as The Three Hills Island.

 

A wealth of publications dealing in Malta's history.

A wealth of publications dealing in Malta’s history.

Becoming more technical, Zeitlmair claims these scripts were the forerunners of later biblical publication and included detailed descriptions of the Garden of Paradise/Garden of Eden, the Tower of Babylon and – most mysteriously – a direct reference to the Mighty Mother of Asuara Si-dha who was said to be self-begotten and the mother of a power-birth that was “androgynous” i.e. not engendered by the implant of the male sex sperm-hormone – i.e. the Virgin Madonna and the Virgin Birth theory.

 

Most mysteriously, Zeitlmair claims he cannot reveal this special birth because it is beyond human comprehension and that “no mortal man without understanding shall ever unveil the Holy Grail” until the appropriate time for it comes.

What were the ruts on Dingli Cliffs used for.....

What were the ruts on Dingli Cliffs used for…..

 

Well, what does one make of all this? Claptrap? Fantasy? Bizarre? Far-fetched? Maybe some grain of truth? Who knows?

 

Yes, who knows? Whatever there was now lies buried deep in the sands of time and Malta’s limestone rocks. What is certain is that the cart ruts are still here, the underground channels/canals are still here and the Neolithic temples are still here. It’s hardly possible to excavate a hole of any proportions without turning up some Bronze Age implements, or Phoenician jars or Roman vessels.

A myriad of  underwater channels.

A myriad of underwater channels.

So, is there any truth or possibility in any of this? Above all, why was Atlantis “lost” at all – if it ever existed? In many areas the Earth’s map is like a jig-saw which has drifted apart (i.e. the drift of the continents which once were inter-locked). Was there a time when the surface of the earth was one great land mass surrounded by raging seas before the boiling turbulence of the Earth’s core and the fragility of its crust tore everything apart?

 

Zeitlmair's documentary researches.

Zeitlmair’s documentary researches.

Was Atlantis the ultimate loser whose eventual fate was to be buried without tangible trace? The future may yet reveal much.

 

Underground water tanks.

Underground water tanks.

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About Albert Fenech

Born in 1946, Albert Fenech’s family took up UK residence in 1954 where he spent his boyhood and youth before temporarily returning to Malta between 1957 and 1959 and then coming back to Malta permanently in 1965. He spent eight years as a full-time journalist with “The Times of Malta” before taking up a career in HR Management but still retained his roots by actively pursuing freelance journalism and broadcasting for various media outlets covering social issues, current affairs, sports and travel.