Giant rock structure found under sea

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posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:28 PM
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Scientists have discovered a giant structure, weighing 60,000 tonnes and twice the size of Stonehenge, under the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

The International Journal of Nautical Archaeology reports that the "monumental stone structure" was cone-shaped and made of rough basalt.

Researcher Yitzhak Paz, of Ben-Gurion University's Israel Antiquity Authority, said the structure was found in 2003 during a sonar survey and divers had now been down to investigate.

He told the journal that the structure could be 4000 years old.

"The more logical possibility is that it belongs to the third millennium BC, because there are other megalithic phenomena close by," Dr Oaz said.

At a height of 10 metres and with a diameter of 70 metres, the structure appears to be a giant cairn, used in many parts of the world to mark burials.



"Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to a metre long with no apparent construction pattern," researchers said. "The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or chiselling. Similarly, we did not find any sign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure."

The scientists say to monument was definitely manmade and probably built on land, only later to be covered by the Sea of Galilee as water levels rose.

"The shape and composition of the submerged structure does not resemble any natural feature. We therefore conclude that it is man-made and might be termed a cairn," they said.

The journal published a list of nearby examples of megalithic structures. One was the monumental site of Khirbet Beteiha, located 30km north-east of the submerged stone structure. It comprises three concentric stone circles, the biggest of which is 56 metres wide.

During the third millennium BC the city of Bet Yerah was one of the biggest sites in the region, Dr Paz said.

"It's the most powerful and fortified town in this region and, as a matter of fact, in the whole of Israel."

Dr Paz told the Journal of Nautical Archaeology that he was hopeful that an underwater archaeological expedition would soon excavate the structure.

The search will focus on finding artifacts and organic material in order to accurately date the site.
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posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:30 PM
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Uhmmmm........... 2 other people already created this thread earlier today.....
Good find though! Search is your friend!



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:31 PM
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Ahhhhh bollox, i did!?? Oh well! Enjoy the reading



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:32 PM
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Originally posted by sulaw
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Uhmmmm........... 2 other people already created this thread earlier today.....
Good find though! Search is your friend!


This one is better... it has pictures



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:33 PM
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I was just gonna say that prime!!!
I felt bad delivering the news.... But the content is much better!



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:35 PM
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What is the composition of it...? Has a reef formed??? What tests have they conducted...



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:39 PM
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The scientists say to monument was definitely manmade and probably built on land, only later to be covered by the Sea of Galilee as water levels rose. "The shape and composition of the submerged structure does not resemble any natural feature. We therefore conclude that it is man-made and might be termed a cairn," they said.



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:41 PM
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In Ireland we have many Stone Cairns that resemble this but nothing of this size. I wonder woudl it be possible for Scientists to gauge when the last time this piece of seabed was above water? Its seems to gigantic though. It looks about ten times the size of a normal Cairn. Either it is something else and not a Cairn or there is someone who is bloody massive, or very important, or many important people buried under there. When they date it, they can probably see what was the most prolific pantheon of Gods worshipped in the region at the time and work backwards perhaps? Fascinating find, well done to te guys who spotted this.



posted on Apr, 10 2013 @ 09:45 PM
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hey CB
thanks for posting
I missed the other threads


It looks to me about the same time as Menes unified egypt ( about 4000 bc) Of course one would have to ask what is it and why? where did the rock come from?
when did the sea of gallalee actually form and why?

curious find



posted on Apr, 12 2013 @ 02:48 PM
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Sorry... already posted. Closing duplicate thread.






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