il-Mument, Sun.14 November 1999
Tangible Scientific Evidence needed.
One would normally expect that revelations similar to those claimed by Hubert Zeitimair regarding underwater structures which he interprets to a megalithic temple, would be substantiated by tangible scientific evidence.
This was declared by the archeologist Ruben Grima in his comments earlier this week in Il-Mument.
Ruben Grima wrote that in his opinion no proof was produced by Zeitimair to substantiate his hypothesis. He also stated that it seems that the whole case has been blown out of proportion by the media.
In the meantime, according to Information obtained by il-Mument, the Department of Museums is investigating the reports regarding this site situated to the east of Malta. Indications are that this week's bad weather have been hindering these investigations.
Results from Il-Mument show that the first indications from the Department of Museums regarding this report are rather negative
It is still not clear whether the Department of Museums is going to carry out further underwater inspections on the site, or Zeitlmair is going to come out with any other type of proof regarding these structures and his theories.
The discovery by Zeitimair was revealed by Il-Mument two weeks ago and a film of the alte was shown on Net Television. At the same time various photos where published in In-Nazzjon. Further Information and photos can also be found on the Internet.
This underwater site was found on the l3th. of July 1999 at 10 a.m., and was made public during a meeting of the association of Phenomena and Methphysics in Augsburg, Germany.
This week Il-Mument has again interviewed the german Hubert Zetimair who till now is still waiting for an appointment with the Director of Museums. He has however met with Minister Louis Galea where he presented information and details regarding the location together with his comments and thoughts.
Zeitlmair is convinced that the structures are a, megalithic temple' and he is still convinced of this. He says that he was inspired by the works and writings of Zacharia Sitchin, and that during his researches he obtained valuable Information from Joseph S. Ellul, an academic of archaeology from Zurrieq.
Joseph S. Ellul says that he has known of the underwater structures since 15 years ago when he had spoken to a diver swimming in the area. Beside this Ellul has an old areal photo in which he says the structurcs can be seen.
Hubert Zeitlinair also insists that the find has fuelled interest and positive reactions arnong the foreign circle of archaeologists, and he is also aware ot the position taken by the Department of Museums.
The find has also sparked an interest within the local group of archaeologists, who as happened in similar cases, are trying to interpret what they saw in the tilm and photos.
Archaeological academics told Il-Mument that notwithstanding they cannot confirm whether the findings are ,temples' or not from what they saw and that the whole affair merits further serlous investigation.
On the other hand, divers who were interviewed by this paper said that the film they saw showed nothing extraordinary as they have seen sirnilar places to the site in various localities of Malta.