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Submitted by enkidu41 on Wednesday, 20 October 2004  Page Views: 9371

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Is-Salib
Country: Malta Island: Mainland Type: Standing Stone (Menhir)
Nearest Town: Valletta  Nearest Village: Kirkop
Latitude: 35.848300N  Longitude: 14.482400E
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
no data Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
no data Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
no data Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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Is-Salib submitted by enkidu41 : The local people I spoke to seemed not to know why the stone had been packed at its base. There had been some pretty heavy rainfall in the previous 2 or 3 weeks and I assume that pillar was in danger of falling over. Still, the packing was done with a high degree of craftsmanship. (Vote or comment on this photo)
Standing Stone (Menhir) in Malta. A 10' high square-sectioned stone pillar which has been trebly Christianized!

The name (meaning 'The Cross') refers to a cross that was once mounted on its top rather than to either of the two that can be seen engraved on its face near the base. The purpose and function of the stone is not known but it may be the survivor of an otherwise vanished temple.

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Is-Salib submitted by enkidu41 : Take my word for it - there are 2 engraved simple crosses near the base on this side! (Vote or comment on this photo)

Is-Salib
Is-Salib submitted by enkidu41 : Heavy rain in the previous 2 or 3 weeks probably loosened the foundations rendering the stone unsafe. Hence the very elegant packing. Must have taken all of 5 minutes. Note: The flag is not embedded in the stone! (Vote or comment on this photo)

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