posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 08:31 AM
A giant "monumental" stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel has archaeologists puzzled as to its purpose and
even how long ago it was built.
The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of "unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders," and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons the researchers said.
That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships.
It appears to be a giant cairn, rocks piled on top of each other. Structures like this are known from elsewhere in the world and are sometimes
used to mark burials.
They say it is definitely human-made and probably was built on land, only later to be covered by the Sea of Galilee as the water level
rose. "The shape and composition of the submerged structure does not resemble any natural feature.
Researcher Yitzhak Paz, of the Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion University, believes it could date back more than 4,000 years. "The
more logical possibility is that it belongs to the third millennium B.C., because there are other megalithic phenomena [from that time] that are found
Paz said that he hopes soon that an underwater archaeological expedition will set out to excavate the structure. They can search for artifacts and
try to determine its date with certainty.
Such discoveries in the 21st century are nothing short of amazing.
This raises the question - How much do we really know of human history?
Also, the fact that the archaeologists seem rather confident that its man made makes this more exciting.
Unfortunately, exploring underwater structures is always a whole lot more complicated. Hopefully, the team receives the funding required to document
more of this structure.
Hope to see more updates on this.