They date to approximately 3150 BC.
The site was accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980 along with
See my post on the Hypogeum : http://the-tin-man.com/2013/06/22/hypogeum-of-hal-saflieni-paola-malta/
The Tarxien consist of three separate, but attached, temple structures.
The main entrance is a reconstruction dating from 1956, when the whole site was restored.
The first temple has been dated to approximately 3100 BC and is the most elaborately decorated of the temples of Malta.
The east temple is dated at around 3100 BC. The remains of another temple, smaller, and older, having been dated to 3250 BC, are visible further towards the east.
Of particular interest at the temple site is the rich and intricate stonework, which includes depictions of domestic animals carved in relief, altars, and screens decorated with spiral designs and other patterns.
Demonstrative of the skill of the builders is a chamber set into the thickness of the wall between the South and Central temples and containing a relief showing a bull and a sow.
Excavation of the site reveals that it was used extensively for rituals, which probably involved animal sacrifice.
Especially interesting is that Tarxien provides rare insight into how the megaliths were constructed: stone rollers were left outside the South temple.
The visit was most amazing and I was so taken by the skills and dedication of our predecessors to create something that would last over 5,000 years.
When we were exiting I saw some archeologists working on a dig….they saw me taking a photograph and bent into the dig and began to yell with excitement and then popped up holding a spoon…..
……love people with a sense of humor!!!