Hypogeum skulls exhibition extended till end of October

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Upon the reopening of Heritage Malta sites and museums this week, the Ħal Saflieni  Hypogeum skulls will remain displayed at the National Museum of Archaeology in Valletta until the end of October.  

The skulls exhibition, entitled “Alien Headaches? The Hypogeum Skulls Enigma”, was  inaugurated last December and generated great interest up till the closure of museums and  sites due to Covid-19 mitigation measures. 

The Hypoegum skulls have captured popular imagination since they were unearthed, largely  due to the fact that Sir Temi Zammit described them as being “of the long-headed type”  during excavations at the Hypogeum in the first decade of the 20th century. Frequent  requests are received to see the “elongated skulls” and several film crews have interwoven  them into narratives which at times have included extra-terrestrial creatures.  

This exhibition presents a unique opportunity to observe the Hypogeum skulls closely, since  they are usually kept in the reserve collection and had not been publicly exhibited since  1995. 

Innovative scientific techniques are allowing the skulls to be studied from new perspectives  which are leading to a richer and broader understanding of Neolithic people within the  context of an island environment. The exhibition shows how the skulls were examined from  an archaeological, osteological and medical point of view. 

The entrance fees for the exhibition are as follows: Heritage Malta members – free  admission; Heritage Malta Children’s Passport holders – free admission for holders, half  price for accompanying adults; Heritage Malta Senior Passport holders – half price for  holders, normal price for companions. All other visitors pay the normal admission fees for  the National Museum of Archaeology. The museum is open from Thursday to Sunday  between 10.00am and 4.30pm. 

This content was supplied by Heritage Malta.