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Posted 23 April 2013 - 16:03

(CNN) -- A mysterious, circular structure, with a diameter greater than the length of a Boeing 747 jet, has been discovered submerged about 30 feet (9 meters) underneath the Sea of Galilee in Israel.

Scientists first made the discovery by accident in 2003 using sonar to survey the bottom of the lake but published their findings only recently.

"We just bumped into it," recalls Shmuel Marco, a geophysicist from Tel Aviv University who worked on the 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 statue."

The structure is comprised of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone. It measures 230 feet (70 meters) at the base of the structure, is 32 feet (10 meters) tall, and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons. It is twice the size of the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge in England.

Its size and location, say Marco, who also took video of the structure during a scuba dive to examine it, indicated it could have been constructed underwater as a type of fish nursery. However archeologists think it more likely it was built on dry land and later submerged by the 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," says Marco.

According to Yitzhak Paz, the archeologist who led the study, the fact that the structure is underwater has made it a particularly difficult study.

"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 exact age of the structure has been difficult to pinpoint, but calculations based on the six to ten feet (two to three meters) of sand that have accumulated over the bottom of the base -- sand accumulates an average of one to four millimeters per year -- as well as comparisons to other structures in the region, put the estimate anywhere between 2,000 and 12,000 years old.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 16:05

Alien spaceship ?

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 16:10

Alien spaceship ?


I hope so!!



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 16:12

Alien spaceship ?


Made out of rock? Surely not.

The structure is comprised of basalt rocks, arranged in the shape of a cone.



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Posted 23 April 2013 - 16:13

kinda reminds me of that thing they found in the atlantic ocean last year.

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Posted 23 April 2013 - 16:38

kinda reminds me of that thing they found in the atlantic ocean last year.


That is what I was thinking

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 01:36

Its size and location, say Marco, who also took video of the structure during a scuba dive to examine it, indicated it could have been constructed underwater as a type of fish nursery. However archeologists think it more likely it was built on dry land and later submerged by the lake


I believe the latter as well. The ancients were great builders and they've got stone artifacts scattered all around the world.

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 16:24

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 16:30

kinda reminds me of that thing they found in the atlantic ocean last year.


same. still no new news about that, right?

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Posted 24 April 2013 - 21:54

^ Yes there was, if you care to search this section ...

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:05

^ I thought this had been posted before.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:37

^ Yes there was, if you care to search this section ...


if talking about this threads http://www.neowin.ne... bottom__st__15 and http://www.neowin.ne... bottom__st__60, none of them anwsers anything in concrete.

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Posted 25 April 2013 - 01:43

It could be a ... you know... Boeing 747 jet :p