What is the mysterious object found in the Sea of Galilee?
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/16/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
A mysterious structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a 747 jet has been discovered under 30 feet of water, underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.
A strange object has been found in the Sea of Galilee, twice the size of the ancient Stonehenge monument in England.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The circular structure was first discovered in 2003 when they used sonar to survey the bottom of the lake, but they published their findings only recently.
"We just bumped into it," said Shmuel Marco, a geophysicist from Tel Aviv University who worked on the sonar mapping project. "Usually the bottom of the lake is quite smooth. We were surprised to find a large mound. Initially we didn't realize the importance of this but we consulted with a couple of archaeologists, and they said it looked like an unusually large Bronze Age stature."
The structure is made of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone. It measures 230 feet at the base, and is 32 feet tall. It is estimated to weigh 60,000 tons and is twice the size of Stonehenge in England.
The size and location of the object could indicate that it was constructed underwater as a type of fish nursery, but archeologists think it is more likely that it was built on dry land and later submerged by a growing lake.
"From a geophysical perspective, it is also important to the history of the lake, because it means the water level was lower than it was today," Marco said.
Being underwater, the site is difficult to study, said one of the archeologists who led the study, Yitzhak Paz.
"If the site was inland, it would be much easier to investigate. By now we would have excavated, but because it's submerged we haven't yet been able to. It is a much harder process, both physically and financially. It is very expensive to raise support for such an enterprise."
The structure's exact age is difficult to pinpoint, but calculations based on the six to ten feet of sand that covers the base of the structure leave an estimate between 12,000 and 2,000 years old.
Dani Nadel, an archeologist from the University of Haifa, who has led numerous archaeological expeditions in the area says that it's just as hard to find what the structure used to be.
"This is such a huge structure that it truly is something unusual. It could have been a big ceremonial structure, or a ramp. There could have once been statues on top of people in certain rituals. I mean, I'm really going wild here. The truth is we don't know how it was constructed, what its exact age is, how it was used, or how long ago it was used. We have several speculations, but we don't know much except that it's there and it's huge."
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for AUGUST 2017
Artists. That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
A cholera outbreak in Yemen has now infected over half-a-million people, the latest terrible byproduct of a raging civil war that is ... continue reading
Archaeologists think they have found the lost city of Bethsaida, which was once home to the apostles Peter, Andrew, and Philip. LOS ... continue reading
Biblical story proved true as archaeologists discover Babylonians burned Jerusalem 2,600 years ago Watch
Archaeologists have found that the Babylonians did burn Jerusalem around 600 B.C. when they conquered Israel. The evidence supports the ... continue reading
Science confirms what Biblical scholars already know - the conquest of Canaan was not a genocide Watch
The Bible tells us that the Canaanites were destroyed by Israelites by God's command. However, scientists have found what Biblical scholars ... continue reading
As conflict has erupted once again between Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarchal Vicar said that the Catholic ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Why have ONE MILLION South Sudanese people entered Uganda?
- Pro-Life win? Arkansas makes big moves against abortion-machine ...
- Mother shares tragic photo of dying daughter as she pulled the plug ...
- St. Pius X: Saint of the Day for Monday, August 21, 2017
- 'IN OUR HEARTS WE BEAR THE PAIN' Pope Francis opens prayers for all ...
- Pope Francis asks for prayers following terror attacks in Spain HD Video
- Daily Readings for Monday, August 21, 2017
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, August 21st, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, August 20th, 2017 HD
- Charlie Gard's mother opens up about the beautiful life of terminally ill Charlie HD