Italian archaeologists have uncovered an ancient man-made monolith that’s believed to be over 10,000 years old in the waters of the Mediterranean. Dubbed the “underwater Stonehenge”, archaeologists are thrilled with the discovery made off the coast of Sicily.
The ancient monolith is broken in two and lies on one side, however, 10,000 years ago, it’s believed to have stood over 40 feet tall.
Zvi Ben-Avraham, from the University of Tel Aviv, together with the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics’ Emanuele Lodolo were the lucky researchers to gain access to this archaeological wonder stemming from the Mesolithic. They hope to gain insight into the human activity and customs of a time long gone.
The findings were published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science.
Scientists found the monolith at a depth of 131 feet on a piece of land that is believed to have been an island located in the Sicilian Channel. Approximately 9,500 years ago, the island of Pantelleria Vecchia Bank disappeared after massive floods that effectively changed the geography of much of the Mediterranean Basin.
“The Sicilian Channel is one of the shallow shelves of the central Mediterranean region where the consequences of changing sea-level were most dramatic and intense,” study authors explain.
The island in question was the home of a thriving civilization that built the massive monolith. The study details how the monolith is constructed, noting that the entire submerged mystery building was extracted as a single stone. It was then transported to its current resting place. By evaluating the size of the broken monolith, researchers estimate that it must weigh approximately 15 tons.
The most interesting aspect is that the monolith features unusual holes drilled through the bases of its constituting stone, suggesting that the civilization responsible for having erected it possessed advanced technological “know how.”
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