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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 theSea of Galilee in 2003 is a human-made form, Israeli archaeologists have said,Yahoo News has reported.
Researchers said the structure is made of "unhewnbasalt cobbles and boulders," has the shape of a cone and weighs anestimated 60,000 tons.
The stone was submerged by the sea when the water levelrose. These kinds of structures around the world were sometimes made to markburials, yet it is unknown if the Galilee structure was made for that purpose.
"Close inspection by scuba divers revealed that thestructure is made of basalt boulders up to one meter long with no apparentconstruction pattern," the researchers wrote in the latest issue of theInternational Journal of Nautical Archaeology. "The boulders have naturalfaces with no signs of cutting or chiseling. Similarly, we did not find anysign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure."
The structure could be more than 4,000 years old, saidYitzhak Paz, a researcher from Israel Antiquities Authority and Ben-GurionUniversity.
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