​​A United States of America not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) educational foundation for research and public outreach about early humankind and cultural development in the Mediterranean


The tale of 7,000 years of human history is told in the honey-colored limestone of Malta, fashioned into architecture dating from prehistory through the Bronze Age and into Roman, medieval, Norman, Baroque and British colonial times. Examine the world's largest collection of UNESCO World Heritage monuments, including the world's oldest free-standing structures, massive 16th century fortifications, palaces of noblemen and knights, and WW2 war rooms on a journey from incredible past into vibrant present. Lingering echoes of the days of British occupation keep this delightful destination comfortably foreign but easy to navigate, with signs and newspapers in English. Abundant sunshine, a nearly constant view of the sea and a temperate climate add to the appeal. The frequent use of Malta as a location for the filming of major motion pictures also makes many parts of it seem already somehow familiar. "A Symphony in Limestone", myths and legends of the distant past rise from the pavements to enhance a full course of lectures by various experts in their fields.

Explore exciting Road Scholar learning adventures in Malta.


From the Middle East to the Atlantic Seaboard, the story of the First Farmers includes the oldest monumental buildings on earth. Ruins and artifacts from around the world are helping us understand changes that happened in very ancient times; changes that launched western civilization.  ​The study of Archaeology has come to include other sciences to better understand how we came to be who we are today.

We now think that SOUND had something to do with it!

From its inception in 1994, The OTS Foundation held its focus on the prehistoric heritage of the islands of Malta and Gozo: a legacy that was not fully understood locally when Malta first became an independent Republic.

For seven thousand years, every major power that sailed the Mediterranean had occupied and ruled in Malta. Suddenly, a scant handful of people became responsible for managing a mind-numbing volume of cultural heritage. Ill-understood, the most ancient and significant collection of ruins in Europe remained "under the radar" for a long time.

We are extremely proud to have played a role in bringing Malta's Temples into their own. Over the years, operation of OTSF non-profit cultural tourism to Malta channeled benefits back to the islands. 

Our proudest achievements include:

* The initiation of a conservation expert group meeting that launched both plans for protecting the monuments and the creation of Heritage Malta
* The production of educational materials for both teachers and students in Malta to grasp a better understanding of their prehistoric heritage
* The organization of a conference that revived excavation, research and scholarship about Malta's Temple Period
* The administration and organization of world class educational travel in Malta (see below)
​* The inception of a series of international multidisciplinary conferences on Archaeoacoustics: sound behavior in ancient space, that are launching a new field of study.

We introduced a program of continuing education for architects, helped back-breed prehistoric cattle, set up visiting lecturers, funded the University of Malta's Archaeology Laboratory and sponsored its first PhD graduate in Archaeology.  We have consulted for television documentary film producers and created a lecture for the Smithsonian Institute Associates.

The scope of OTSF activities has expanded.  
Research continues.  
Reports are being prepared and WOW, 

... have we got a story to tell!