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n. pl. hy·po·ge·a (-jē′ə)
1. A subterranean chamber of an ancient building.
2. An ancient subterranean burial chamber, such as a catacomb.

[Latin hypogēum, from Greek hupogeion, from neuter of hupogeios, underground; see hypogeal.]
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n, pl -gea (-ˈdʒiːə)
(Architecture) an underground vault, esp one used for burials
[C18: from Latin, from Greek hupogeion; see hypogeal]
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n., pl. -ge•a (-ˈdʒi ə)
1. the underground part of an ancient building, as a vault.
2. an underground burial chamber.
[1700–10; < Latin hypogēum < Greek hypógeion underground chamber, n. use of neuter of hypógeios; see hypogeal]
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In Malta itself, the Hal Saflieni Hypogeum is considered one of the most important prehistoric monuments in the world and dates from around 3600 to 2400 BC.
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They watched them running and shrieking and chasing each other and hiding behind the columns of the huge porticoed hypogeum which led into the grotto with the stalactites, under the domes where everything echoed like in an empty room.
At the same time, Heritage Malta commenced preparations for the 3D modeling, using laser scanning technology of three other sites, namely, Ta' Hagrat, Skorba, and the interior of the Hypogeum. In a project promoted and implemented jointly by the Department of Archaeology of the University of Cambridge (UK) and the National Museum of Archaeology (Heritage Malta), funded by the Templeton Foundation, emphasis was placed on the digitisation of archaeological artefacts and sites related to Maltese prehistoric figurative art.