More artefacts were discovered that show the economic and agricultural activities of the settlement, proof of animal breeding and their diet preferences as well as tools and pottery, figurines and other personal ornaments.
According to folklore, Ggantija was built by a giantess who used it as a place of worship.
According to conventional archaeology, writing wasn’t invented until 3000 to 4000 BC in Sumeria.
Professor Higham said: ‘We were surprised when the radiocarbon dating produced this very early age.
We had suspected that the bones may have been more recent than this, perhaps from the third or fourth centuries.‘However, the result from the metacarpal hand bone is clearly consistent with someone who lived in the early first century AD.
In a separate study, another Oxford researcher Dr Georges Kazan has used historical documents to show that in the latter part of the fourth century, monks had taken relics of John the Baptist out of Jerusalem and these included portions of skull.