Old, gigantic, and motherish

The megalithic temple complex known as Ġgantija is a wonder to behold. Archaeologists believe that the southern temple (pictured here) was built around 3,600 BC, making it centuries older than the pyramids of Egypt or England's Stonehenge. Remotely located on Gozo, an island of the Maltese archipelago, it may have been a Mediterranean pilgrimage site. In this image, young Tanner views an altar area. Animal bones and female figurines suggest that worship of the "Mother goddess" took place here in deep antiquity. Image taken in May, 2000.