Archaeologists Stumped by Sea of Galilee Mystery
Next step: raise money to fund excavation
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2013 9:36 AM CDT
A view of the Sea of Galilee.   (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

(Newser) – What Israeli archaeologists know: A bigger-than-Stonehenge structure submerged in the Sea of Galilee is man-made, made of stones that originated nearby, and weighs about 60,000 tons. What they don't know: Pretty much everything else. The AP revisits the mystery of the cone-shaped structure, which was revealed in an article published earlier this year. A routine sonar scan first pointed to its existence in 2003; now, archaeologists are trying to raise money to fund an underwater expedition, which the AP describes as a "painstakingly slow process" that could have a price tag into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The planned excavation would be the first in the Sea of Galilee, the archaeologists believe, and it would take them about 1,600 feet off the sea's southwestern shore. The formation lies between nine and 40 feet below the surface, its base covered in sediment. But money isn't the only hurdle: The sea has low visibility, and digging could stir up sediment, burying uncovered portions. But the lingering questions are too tempting for the archaeologists to ignore: Was it built on land or underwater? Was it a burial site—or a fish nursery? Was it built 2,000 years ago—or 12,000? Click for more.

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1492
May 25, 2013 9:43 PM CDT
This is a job for son of Jacque Cousteau and his team of excellent divers. Calypso is standing by and ready. Sea of Galilee could be accessible via the Mediterranean...the map shows it some 50 miles from the Jordan. If he could get his men to dive the highest lake on earth at 12,000' and find nothing but frogs perhaps he could do this one. 1942
Libris_Fidelis
May 24, 2013 9:51 AM CDT
This is a left-over from the Great Flood... before the draining of the Great Flood created the previously non-existent Pacific and Atlantic oceans, the weight of which Great Flood water made the real estate sink to create those two new oceans. But Noah was too busy trying not to get eaten by the very hungry lions and tigers and bears so he was unable to document this fact for all of us. This is a true provable belief!
Plato
May 23, 2013 6:54 PM CDT
" The formation lies between nine and 40 feet below the surface," the article states. That should make it fairly simple. Put a pile driving barge out there and drive steel sheet piling around it and pump out the water. But I do invite caution here, who knows excavating that thing just might loose the kraken !