Discovery of a huge monolith at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy
This Stonehenge-style, 12 meter-long monolith was discovered by researchers who after taking petrographic analysis along with examining morphological evidence and careful underwater observations believe it was man-made around 10,000 years ago but was abandoned at 9350 ± 200 yr B.P. (Before Present). It is broken into two parts and has three holes of similar diameter along its length.
Many interpretations of Plato’s stories of ‘Atlantis’ identify the legendary ‘lost’ island with Sicily. This discovery may offer insights into ancient civilizations long lost beneath the waves. The scientists say the block was “cut and extracted as a single stone from the outer rectilinear ridge” which was about 300 meters to the south, “and then transported and possibly erected.
“From the size of the monolith, we may presume that it weighs about 15 tons,” the study says, adding that its function hasn’t been specified yet.
The scientists are reporting that the monolith, made of a single, large block, required a cutting, extraction, transportation and installation, which undoubtedly reveals “important technical skills and great engineering.”
Could this evidence be enough to abandon the belief that our ancestors lacked the knowledge, skill and technology to exploit marine resources or make sea crossings?
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