Did you know that Italy and Malta used to form one giant landmass? Scientists are now discovering that the first people to live on the island of Malta first came to the region around 24,000 years ago. But for some reason, publishers were banned from writing about this prehistoric civilization in textbooks. Find out the reason why the existence of early humans in Malta was covered up.

An ancient connection

Malta wasn’t always a floating island in the Mediterranean sea. According to scientists, Malta actually used to be connected to Italy by a bridge of land during the Ice Ages. This was due to exceptionally low sea levels at the time, which sank 140 meters to reveal the land bridge. Over 20,000 years ago, ancient people took advantage of the land bridge to travel from Sicily to Malta. In fact, the two places were once so close that it would only take residents a couple of days to venture between them.

Prehistoric Malta

Malta’s prehistoric remains are no stranger to the archaeological community. This was proven in 1917 when paleontologist Giuseppe Despott discovered several fossilized Neanderthal teeth. Archaeologist¬†J. G. Baldacchino also unearthed a third ancient fossilized tooth in 1936. Before Malta was ravaged by war, it was world-renowned for its glorious temples and its Stone Age artifacts.

The historical cover-up

In 1940, the Meditteranean country was involved in the Siege of Malta during World War II. After the battle hit, Malta stopped researching its archaeological history. Additionally, the island prohibited any publications related to the early presence of humans in Malta’s Ice Age. The history of Malta was changed to one that involved Neolithic countrymen settling the land in 5,200 BC. How this fictionalized story was accepted in Malta for so long will remain a mystery.