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10,000 year old ancient monolith discovered on the ocean floor

10000 year old ancient monolith discovered

An ancient, submerged monolith carved by humans has been discovered in the Mediterranean Sea, 40 meters under water. The monolith was submerged roughly 9,350 years ago (with a plus or minus of 200 years), and its discovery contradicts some of the prevailing theories as to how technologically sophisticated people were back then.

The monolith has since split in two, but it is roughly 12 meters long as a whole, and weighs 15 tons. Its exact purpose is unknown, but it’s made of limestone and cut from a single stone. It was then placed in, or near its current location on an island or a landmass that was flooded when the last ice age receded.

That alone is enough for archeologists to drool over the discovery, but the monolith also features three, unusual holes of similar size on its base. Humans of the day shouldn’t have been able to make those holes, or so we thought.

“The discovery of the submerged site in the Sicilian Channel may significantly expand our knowledge of the earliest civilisations in the Mediterranean basin and our views on technological innovation and development achieved by the Mesolithic inhabitants,” the research paper written by Emanuele Lodolo and Zvi Ben-Avraham stated.

The monolith was discovered off the coast of Sicily in the Sicilian Channel. Sicily is an island, but thousands of years ago, there were several land masses that created a land bridge between it and Italy. The string of islands likely formed a path from Europe all the way to North Africa. They were likely used frequently, and possibly even inhabited.

The monolith seems to confirm that the people of the area were able to manufacture, move, and erect the structure. Those skills weren’t previously associated with the people of that era.

This will likely attract much bigger expeditions.

“The idea that early human ancestors once lived at the sea-floor of modern seas easily fascinates and attracts our imagination,”Lodolo and Ben-Avraham wrote. “What is more surprising, and until recently poorly recognized, is that an extensive archaeological record of early settlements still remains on the sea-floor of our continental shelves.”

The Mediterranean sea floor off the coast of Europe is teeming with ancient artifacts, but this is among the oldest manmade structures ever discovered – the oldest known structure is in southeastern Turkey at Gobekli Tepe. Roughly 200 pillars weighing upwards of 20 tons have been carbon dated to be about 11, 600 years old.

“Almost everything that we do know about prehistoric cultures derives from settlements that are now on land, and that were tens to hundreds of kilometres distant from the coastline when they were occupied,” the duo said. “The vast majority of marine geophysicist and archaeologists have now realized that to trace the origins of civilization in the Mediterranean region, it is necessary to focus research in the now submerged shelf areas.”

And yes, if you were wondering, there are already people wondering if this may be related to Atlantis…



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