Solar observatory complex Malta -
east observation hill and Megaliths
The Solar observatory complex Malta has 2 obvious observation hills that have Megaliths on them. There are other much smaller mounds with boulders in the area that also may be observation points/platforms. These 2 terraced observation hills stand out in the valley, as you can see from the photographs. The east solar observation hill (first one in the line in the photographs) has a few Megaliths (fallen Standing Stones) on it, a couple of them are massive.
The east observatory hill has one steeply terraced side and the hill itself has a a few flat earth platforms on it. These are found on its top (large and flat), sides, and at its "front" with the view towards the other 2 terraced hills in the complex and the setting sun.
Mega liths, fallen or dislodged?
This large Megalith is now a fallen Standing Stone but its straight sides, flat base and pointed end can still be seen. It is not in its original position as shown by the smaller rock underneath it. Has it only been pushed over to the side or was it on the small flat platform just above it? Or has it been dislodged from the top of the hill?
Although depending on the purpose of this Megalith we may not know which end or side it was originally on or even if it was a Standing Stone.
This Maltese Megalith appears to be formed out of limetone with concretions. Or was it not an original limestone boulder but constructed by the Temple Builders using Torba as aggregate cement with stones that now seem to be concretions?
Fallen Standing Stone and horizon astronomy
On the side and to the front (west) where the fallen Megalithics are found is this smaller Menhir type fallen Standing Stone. It has a couple of straight lines and an interesting angled part.
Horizon astronomy (green astronomy) uses the horizon of the landscape and the movement of the sun to make astronomy observations. Horizon astronomy normally uses natural markers in the landscape, hills in the distance or especially V's on the horizon. At this astronomy observation complex on Malta you can see V's in the terraformed hills in front, to the west where the sun sets.
There would also be the horizon astronomy observations using the west hill ("stegosaurus" hill) and the Megalithic markers on its top and sides.
Plinths, stand stones and markers?
The photographs above show what could be a Plinth, base stone/stand or perhaps a marker stone found near the massive Megalith. It has a couple of distinct flat sides. Was this disolodged from the top of the hill or is it part of the surround Megaliths?
The large flat top of the east hill (sobservatory hill) has a couple of stones buried in the ground. Were these marker stones or used as part of something else? If the top was used not only as an astronomy observation platform but a sundail then you would hope to find more marker stones. This possible Plinth stone or marker stone has strange lines of chert/quartz on its surface.
In an Electric Universe these are signs of an EU event, the energy transforming the material. Perhaps the electromagnetic forces extruding it at the same time or some form of electroplating. In an Electric Universe precious gemstones are explained as being created where they are found, which explains why most are found in Lichtenberg pattern veins or in small cavitites in the host rock.
This large boulder with a square face is found just down the slope on the east side. As if it has been dislodged from the platform top of the hill. Although the sides may originally have been cladded in such large boulders. Of course it may be just a natural boulder but with the others showing evidence of being man created and placed there the odds are small.
Line of sites - observing the Solar System
On the flat platform top 2 boulders remaining buried in the earth. They point towards the "calendar hill" or towards Ta-Baldu cliffs. The land owner said in the old days they used this hill top to grow crops. Who placed the boulders there? Why do these boulders remain when more crops could be grown and easier ploughing if they were removed? Was the growing of crops the reason why some of the large slabs are now found on the slopes? Was this top also used as a sundial?
Armchair Observer - 'Scuse me while I kiss the sky! The front boulder is much larger than the other and looks like a stone armchair. Either natural or intentional, perhaps perfect for Armchair Archaeoastronomy ;) Could the main boulder be a marker stone, an observation point where someone would sit/stand or use a piece of equipment to observe the setting sun?
Perhaps on special dates, such as the Equinox or Solstices they raised up or fixed on a Menhir such as the one found on the hill top?
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