Archaeologists in Israel have discovered a mysterious stone monument weighing 60,000 tons and rising 32 feet above the bottom of the Sea of Galilee. Scientists don't know who built the structure, or why, but in a recent paper in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology the researchers shared a few hypotheses before concluding that further study is needed. The mystery rock pile was first discovered in 2003 during a sonar survey of the bottom of the southwestern part of the sea. The sonar revealed a pile of boulders arranged in a circular shape, lying on the sea floor. The structure, which cannot be seen from land, is massive -- about twice the diameter of Stonehenge. Because nothing about the structure occurs naturally anywhere else in the sea, researchers have concluded it is man-made. Yitzhak Paz of the Israel Antiquities Authority, one of the researchers on the paper, said the structure could date back more than 4,000 years. Other scientists think the structure may have been built in the third millennium B.C., when other megalithic structures, associated with fortified settlements, were built.
Further study is needed to resolve this mystery.
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