Mġarr phase

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Maltese prehistoric chronology
(Based on recalibrated radiocarbon dating)
Period Phase Dates BC c.
(5,000-4,100 BC)
Għar Dalam
5,000-4,300 BC
Grey Skorba
4,500-4,400 BC
Red Skorba
4,400-4,100 BC
Temple Period
(4,100–2,500 BC)
4,100–3,700 BC
3,800-3,600 BC
3,600-3,200 BC
3,300-3,000 BC
3,150-2,500 BC
Bronze Age
(2,500–700 BC)
Tarxien cemetery
2,500–1,500 BC
Borġ in-Nadur
1,500–700 BC
900–700 BC

The Mġarr phase is one of the eleven phases of Maltese prehistory. It is named for the town of Mġarr, in the west of the island, where pottery older than the Ta' Ħaġrat temple complex was found.

The Mġarr phase, approximately 3800-3600 BCE,[1] follows the Żebbuġ phase in the Temple period, and precedes the three phases, the Ġgantija, Saflieni and Tarxien phases, during which the principal megalithic temples of Malta were built.


  1. ^ David Trump (2002). Malta: Prehistory and Temples. Malta: Midsea Books. ISBN 9789990993936. p. 155.