Can we expect the October issue of National Geographic to have additional details?
This was October 2004 and there must have been a number of articles about the Phoenicians in there. There were a number of titles that turned up on Free Republic using the search function -- although none about Malta.
My husband said he knew a worker from Malta when he was offshore in the "oil-bidness" 30 years ago. He said the guy was nuts; said he acted like a crazy Arab. After reading this article, now he knows why! (Hope I didn't offend any Maltese or Arabs with that remark. It was just a joke.)
35 years ago we had a Maltese priest assigned to our Parish in California. He was very nice and was a very accomplished musician. He told us that there were so many priests in his village that all of the new priests were sent overseas to work for the first few years. I wish I could remember his name.