Għar ix-Xiħ

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Għar ix-Xiħ (English: Cave of the Old Man or Cave of the Sheikh or The headman's abode[1]) is a former cave in Xewkija, facing Mġarr ix-Xini, Gozo, Malta. It was inhabited since the 2nd-century B.C. and was re-discovered in 2009.[2] The cave is situated at the mouth of the valley.

The cave was long believed a legend, going back to 1583, about a popular judge who used the cave. Another nearby cave is known as il-Ħabs (The Prison).

The cave floor contained artefacts dating from Bronze Age to late Roman times. At some point the roof was removed.

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  1. ^ Bezzina, Joseph (2004). "8 The tribunal of Għar ix-Xiħ". Xewkija THE FIRST VILLAGE OF GOZO (1st ed.). Qala Malta: A+M Printing. p. 47. ISBN 978-99909-57-23-5.
  2. ^ Grima, Noel (8 February 2009). "Centuries old legend in Gozo proved true". The Malta Independent. Archived from the original on 12 February 2009. Retrieved 20 April 2010.

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Coordinates: 36°1′21″N 14°16′9″E / 36.02250°N 14.26917°E / 36.02250; 14.26917