From online dispatches
The circular structure was first detected in a sonar survey of part of the sea in the summer of 2003. Photo by Shmuel Marco, taken from LiveScience.com
A huge stone structure discovered at the bottom of the
Sea of Galilee in 2003 is a human-made form, Israeli archaeologists have said,
Yahoo News has reported.
Researchers said the structure is made of "unhewn
basalt cobbles and boulders," has the shape of a cone and weighs an
estimated 60,000 tons.
The stone was submerged by the sea when the water level
rose. These kinds of structures around the world were sometimes made to mark
burials, yet it is unknown if the Galilee structure was made for that purpose.
"Close inspection by scuba divers revealed that the
structure is made of basalt boulders up to one meter long with no apparent
construction pattern," the researchers wrote in the latest issue of the
International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. "The boulders have natural
faces with no signs of cutting or chiseling. Similarly, we did not find any
sign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure."
The structure could be more than 4,000 years old, said
Yitzhak Paz, a researcher from Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-Gurion