Tarxien 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 Tarxien phase is one of the eleven phases of Maltese prehistory. It is named for the temple complex discovered near the village of Ħal Tarxien, and now recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.[1]

The Tarxien phase, from approximately 3150–2500 BCE,[citation needed] follows the Saflieni phase and is the last phase of the Temple period, during which the principal megalithic temples of Malta were built.[2]


  1. ^ World Heritage List: Megalithic Temples of Malta. UNESCO. Accessed February 2014.
  2. ^ A. Bonanno, T. Gouder, C. Malone and S. Stoddart (1990) Monuments in an Island Society: The Maltese Context. World Archaeology 22 (2, Monuments and the Monumental, October 1990): 190-205. (subscription required)