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Hypogeum skulls displayed for first time since 1995

Photo: DOI - Reuben Piscopo

The Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum skulls, which have for many years now, captured the imagination of many since they were unearthed at the start of the last century, are finally on display at the National Museum of Archeology, in Valletta. The display is open from Thursday to Sunday between 10am and 4:30pm and is called Alien Headaches? The Hypogeum Skulls Enigma.

The Hypogeum skulls have been the topic of discussion for a long time, primarily due to the fact that Sir Temi Zammit described them as being of the “long-headed type”, when excavations during the first decade of the 20th century were being done.

The National Heritage Ministry said today, that people often ask to see the “elongated skulls” and film crews have even included them in narratives, which feature extra-terrestrial aliens and creatures. The skulls are usually kept in the reserve collection and have not been on display to the public since 1995, 25 years ago.

Heritage Malta members and Heritage Malta Children’s passport holders can go and check out the display for free and entrance is set at half price for accompanying adults. Those with a Heritage Malta Senior passport will pay half price.

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