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Evidence for higher sea levels in Roman times on Malta?
« on: April 23, 2011, 18:10:45 »
Evidence for higher sea levels in Roman times on Malta?


Roman road Xemxija Bay (St Pauls Bay) and Manikata (Golden Bay) Malta


Is there evidence on Malta for higher sea levels during the Roman period?

There is a Roman road between Xemxija Bay (St Pauls Bay) and Manikata (Golden Bay) but it was constructed high up on the Bajda Ridge and not in and along the floor of either Mizieb Valley or Pwales Valley. Why is this?

The Roman road build on the side of the ridge also has to cross over the top of Xemxija hill, meaning a steep ascent or descent for goods and people. Yet the Pwales Valley is perfectly flat and connects Golden Bay with Xemxija Bay (St Pauls Bay)?

Romans were famous for building straight roads so why did they not build it between the two bays?

You could argue that it was built between 2 villas but that would indicate either a huge amount of trade/traffic between them or that they were the villas of the ruler Roman ruler of Malta who wanted his own nice road.

Was this Roman road built high up on Bajda Ridge because the valley floors very wet or were submerged under water? Are there any Roman roads found on the lower valley floors of Malta?

No one actually knows where St Paul was shipwrecked. The above passage would make even more sense with higher sea levels on Malta during Roman times and a flooded valley, if the bay was Mellieha Bay (Ghadira Bay). This is the shortest point between the sides of the island but the west side is much higher than the east side so now it may not explain it.

And this is where gEUlogy and ancient catastrophe comes into it. Malta and its population has been wiped out a number of times. gEUlogy can change a landscape instantly or very quickly. The raised bays on the west coast in this area may not have even been there at this time of St Pauls shipwreck.

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39 And when the day came, they were not discerning the land, but a certain creek were perceiving having a beach, into which they took counsel, if possible, to thrust forward the ship,

 40 and the anchors having taken up, they were committing [it] to the sea, at the same time -- having loosed the bands of the rudders, and having hoisted up the mainsail to the wind -- they were making for the shore,

 41 and having fallen into a place of two seas, they ran the ship aground, and the fore-part, indeed, having stuck fast, did remain immoveable, but the hinder-part was broken by the violence of the waves.
Acts 27 | biblegateway.com

Phoenicians and Romans would have used Golden Bay, St Pauls Bay and Mistra Bay for safe harbour and to unload and load goods and people.

But if the sea levels were higher in Roman times on Malta then a Roman road between these harbours may have been impossible to build, so they may have built it at the first straight place they could, on Bajda Ridge.

It would also help to explain the phrase found in St Pauls shipwreck on the island of Malta during Roman times. It can not have been the first time that anyone had landed on a small island where you could easily get to the other side and find the sea. Does it describe a flooded valley?

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Mistra Bay is called such not because of the Mistral winds. The word Mistra has Maghreb origins that indicate that this is a peaceful, restful or sheltered cove. Mistrah means rest.
Mistra Bay | palazzosantarosa.com

Mistra Bay is so protected it was used during the 2nd world war and afterwards as an alternative safe harbour for the RAFs Sunderlands (Sea Planes, flying boats).

Mistra Bay is also a scene in the 2WW film Malta Story staring Alec Guinness.


RAFs Sunderlands safe harbour at Mistra Bay Malta



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Evidence for higher sea levels in Temple Builder times on Malta?
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011, 18:24:44 »

Evidence for higher sea levels in Temple Builder times on Malta?

Are there or were there any temples built at what is now sea level?

Are there many remains found or buildings by the Temple Builders found on the valley floors of Malta?

Why were most of the maltese "temples" found on higher ground and not in the fertile valleys?