Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/16/2014 (4 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Object may be between 12,000 and 2,000 years old

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.

A strange object has been found in the Sea of Galilee, twice the size of the ancient Stonehenge monument in England.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/16/2014 (4 months ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: International, Middle East, Religion


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.

Be the light in the darkness, change the world through "prayer and action."

"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."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Middle East

Religious extremism driving majority of world acts of terror Watch

Image of Groups with a religious agenda are attributed to the majority of incidents over the past few years, according to the author's report.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Instead of making humanity more respectful of their fellow man, religion is one of the factors fueling violence and chaos in the world. Religious extremism, which disallows interpretation and those of other faiths, is the force behind the majority of the acts ... continue reading


ISIS ammo: Deadly terror group can keep fighting for two years, United Nations warns Watch

Image of One anonymous member state has provided information about

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It's both a dire warning and lesson to the West when it comes to terrorist organizations.  According to the United Nations, the dreaded Islamic State, or ISIS has enough weapons now to continue fighting for two years unabated. The ironic twist? Most of ... continue reading


The long and painful war against terrorism: 2013-14 the worst years to date Watch

Image of Operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Taliban is one of the militant groups responsible for the most deaths around the world.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new report has revealed that the number of people who have been killed by militants across the globe has jumped up more than 60% from 2013, reaching a record high of nearly 18,000. This death toll could continue to rise in 2014 because of the escalating ... continue reading


The United Arab Emirates just named these two American organizations as terrorists! Watch

Image of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates throughout the Middle East and North Africa have been designated a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It came as somewhat of a shock to two Islamic groups in the United States when they found that they were recently included in a list of terrorist organizations by the United Arab Emirates. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Council on American-Islamic ... continue reading


Two U.S. Islamic groups branded as terrorists Watch

Image of Both CAIR and MAS were among more than 80 groups whose designation was approved by the UAE cabinet and announced this past weekend.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Two moderate, mainstream Islamic groups in the United States feel as though they've been tarred and feathered with the same brush. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which describes itself as "America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy ... continue reading


Did Army Ranger Peter Kassig resist Jihadi John during his beheading? Speculation abounds why he made no statement. FULL VIDEO available here Watch

Image of Army Ranger and American citizen, Peter Kassig was kidnapped by the Islamic State after serving in Syria as a humanitarian aid worker.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

American hostage Peter Kassig, who was allegedly beheaded by Islamic State terrorists did not make any statement to the camera as previous victims did. This has fueled speculation that Kassig may have been killed in another fashion, such as in an airstrike or while ... continue reading


'Jihadi John' reported wounded in U.S. airstrike that killed 10 top ISIS commanders Watch

Image of According to reports received by the Foreign Office, the masked executioner is believed to have narrowly escaped death as he attended a summit of the group's leaders in an Iraqi town close to the Syrian border last Saturday.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The British-accented terrorist known as "Jihadi John," who beheaded two British and two American hostages held by Islamic State terrorists, has been injured in a U.S.-led air strike. Jihadi John has recently been seen in the beheading video of U.S. aid worker ... continue reading


PURE EVIL: U.S. hostage Peter Kassig beheaded by Islamic State Watch

Image of A 16-minute video has been uploaded to various social networking sites by Islamist State depicting the beheading of U.S. hostage Peter Kassig. The video shows a black-clad, masked militant waving Kassig's head.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

U.S. President Barack Obama called it "pure evil." A 16-minute video has been uploaded to various social networking sites by Islamist State depicting the beheading of U.S. hostage Peter Kassig. The video shows a black-clad, masked militant waving Kassig's head. ... continue reading


THE GROWING THREAT: Al Qaeda, al Nusra and other militant groups join forces with Islamic State to conquer the Middle East and BEYOND Watch

Image of Members of the Islamic State in a captured tank.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While the United States continues its campaign of sustained airstrikes against the Islamic State, a new phase in the growing Middle Eastern war has begun. Spurred on, by of all things, the unification of the Islamic State and al-Qaeda in Syria. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


SHOCKING VIDEO! TURKISH MOB ATTACKS U.S. NAVY Watch

Image of Members of the Turkish Youth Union, an anti-West group that targets the U.S. with hateful speech and protests.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Three American sailors were assaulted by a crowd of young Turks on November 12, in an attack that was caught on video and quickly spread, bringing with it anger and condemnation from the U.S. and Turkey. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Officials with the U.S. ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 5:1-10
1 I saw that in the right hand of the One sitting on ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 149:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 9
1 Alleluia! Sing a new song to Yahweh: his praise in ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 9:41-44
41 In reply Jesus said, 'Faithless and perverse ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 20th, 2014 Image

St. Edmund Rich
November 20: Archbishop of Canterbury England, who battled for discipline and ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter