Malta's Hal Saflieni Hypogeum underground mortuary shrine, nearly 6,000 years old

Photo by Clive Vella for Heritage Malta


From the Middle East to the Atlantic Seaboard, the story of the First Farmers includes the oldest monumental buildings on earth.  There is quite a lot to be learned from them!  Ruins and artifacts from around the world are helping us understand changes that happened in very ancient times; changes that launched western civilization, in a shift of lifestyle most widely known as the NEOLITHIC REVOLUTION.
   
​On the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo, the legacy of an advanced prehistoric culture survives in monumental architectural and artistic achievement that offers us the most complete window on this pivotal era.   They give us a glimpse into another world.

As new learning emerges from the Göbekli Tepe excavations in southeastern Turkey, the study of Archaeology has come to include other sciences to better understand how we came to be who we are today.

By bringing experts and researchers together in international multi-disciplinary focus, ​The OTS Foundation is helping to forge new frontiers! 

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GENETIC RESEARCH CONFIRMS LONG-HELD NOTION

Researchers compared DNA extracted from Neolithic human remains found across Britain with that of people alive at the same time in Europe.  The Neolithic inhabitants were descended from populations originating in Anatolia (modern Turkey) that moved to Iberia before heading north.  Genetic affinities with Iberian Neolithic individuals indicate that British Neolithic people were mostly descended from Aegean farmers who followed the Mediterranean route of dispersal.  The migration to Britain was just one part of a general, massive expansion of people out of Anatolia in 6,000BC that introduced farming to Europe. 

Details have been published in the Journal Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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