Malta History Timeline

Travel Ideas And Inspiration, Maltese Prehistory,
Where To Visit In Malta, World Heritage Sites In Malta

Malta history timeline has an abundance of evidence and relics pertaining to its prehistoric period. All this evolved over several centuries through those people that occupied and settled on the Maltese islands.

The modern humans as we know them today, began approximately 7,000 years ago. This happened when the first neolithic farmers crossed over from nearby Sicily.

Their efforts and determination which we have inherited has left an indelible evidence of their beliefs. Their capabilities, strength and endurance to survive the difficult times of those eras. This was the beginning of the history timeline.

Some of these sites have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, especially one of the oldest monumental structures in the world.

Maltese prehistory cronology divided into periods starts from the earliest presence of modern humans

Neolithic Temples (5,000 - 4,100 B.C.)

Ghar Dalam 5,000 – 4,300 B.C.

Located at Birzebbugia

Grey Skorba 4,500 – 4,400 B.C.

Located at Zebbiegh – World Heritage Site

Red Skorba 4,400 – 4,100 B.C.

Located at Zebbiegh - World Heritage Site

Temple period (4,100 - 2500 B.C.)

Zebbug 4,100 – 3,700 B.C.

Mgarr 3,800 – 3,200 BC.

Ggantija temples 3,600 - 3,200 B.C.

Located at Xaghra, Gozo - World Heritage Site

Hypogeum of Saflieni 3300 – 3000 B.C.

Located at Paola - World Heritage Site

Tarxien 3150 – 2500 B.C.

Located at Tarxien - World Heritage Site

Bronze Age (2,500 - 1,500 B.C.

Tarxien Cemetery 2,500 – 1,500 B.C.

Located at Tarxien

Borg in-Nadur 1,500 – 700 B.C.

Located at Birzebbugia

Bahrija 900 – 700 B.C.

Located at Bahrija

These structure are dated to be older than other international renowned monuments.

The first megalithic building is 700 years older than the Bamenez Caim in Finistère (4500-3500 B.C.).

2400 years before the circle of Stonehenge England (2800-1100 B.C.).

2600 years before the pyramids of Egypt (2600-2400 B.C.).

A glimpse to sequence occupiers

Then came the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, Angevins, Aragonese. The Knights of St. John and the French. The British were the last up to 21st September 1964 when the Maltese gained their full Independence and subsequently their Republic in 1973.

You will not come here only for the sun and sea. Knowing a bit about the history will surely make your trip even more interesting. This will make you eager to explore the highly interesting history of our islands.

Malta history timeline helps you to understand our prehistory and invites you where to visit.

Knights of Malta 

Hagar Qim

Order of Malta


Malta Info Tips

National and Public Holidays

 - 1st January – New Year’s Day

 - 31st March – Freedom Day (National Holiday)

 - 1st May – Worker’s Day

 - 7th June – Sette Giugno (National Holiday)

 - 8th September – Victory Day (National Holiday)

 - 21st September – Independence Day (National Holiday)

 - 13th December – Republic Day (National Holiday)

National holidays & Traditional Feasts

 - 10th February – Feast of St. Paul’s Shipwreck

 - 19th March – Feast of St. Joseph

 - 31st March - Good Friday

 - 29th June – Feast of St. Peter and St. Paul

 - 15th August – Feast of the Assumption

 - 8th December – Feast of the  Immaculate Concept

 - 25th December – Christmas Day

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