In Sea of Galilee, a Mystery Bigger Than Stonehenge
32-foot-tall stack of stones discovered
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 10, 2013 10:46 AM CDT
Updated Apr 14, 2013 11:08 AM CDT
The Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

(Newser) – Stonehenge has some company in the department of mysterious stone structures: In a new paper, researchers are now revealing that an unusual rock formation was discovered via sonar in the Sea of Galilee a decade ago. Divers who have since gone down to inspect it say it's a 32-foot-tall cone-shaped formation made of "unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders," reports LiveScience, which describes it as a cairn—a stack of rocks piled on top of each other. Its diameter measures about 230 feet (double that of Stonehenge's outer circle), and it's estimated to weigh 60,000 tons.

Though the researchers admit they don't know what the structure's purpose was (LiveScience notes similar cairns have been used to mark graves), they have determined it was definitely made by humans, likely on land; a rising sea would have later submerged it. "The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or chiseling," researchers wrote in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. "Similarly, we did not find any sign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure." Up next: The team hopes to conduct an underwater archaeological expedition in order to mine for artifacts and pinpoint the age of the structure—which one researcher believes could date back more than 4,000 years. (Click to read about another mystery, this one in Africa.)

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savdavis
Apr 14, 2013 7:54 PM CDT
All mysteries will be resolved at a later date..... stay tuned.
MPH0882
Apr 14, 2013 5:59 PM CDT
It takes faith to believe in the Bible and in God. Science is not the be all end all of truth. Science has it's place, and has led to many good discoveries that have made life more convenient, and bettered people's health. The presence of God makes people antsy because it means they can't do whatever they want and not pay for their wrongs. What does it matter, if there is no God, no afterlife, if we kill someone in cold blood, steal, vandalize, pillage, molest, deceive, if after we die there is no price to pay for our wrongs, or no reward for a good life? Surely society is not going to reward us. Plenty of good deeds "don't go unpunished". Fact is, that pile of rocks shows there was intelligent life way back when. I don't know that it proves God exists, but it shows that we were given an intelligence and it came from somewhere. How can all of our nervous systems, brain, circulatory, and our body's with all it's complex systems have just come from an explosion. Who set in motion our journey from primitive to more refined societies? Some goo? some comet? Sad to believe that is where it "ALL" came from. Someone cared enough to give us rain, plants to eat, and animals to clothe us, eat, and even create shelters from, and trees to provide food and build houses from. There is certainly a higher, intelligent power there.
njgreen
Apr 14, 2013 3:10 PM CDT
(Post redacted because it was too gross - another time, guys.)