Sicily, Italy. Archeologists have discovered an enigmatic monolith, weighing 15 tons that looks suspiciously like a rock from Stonehenge.
It is at least 10 000 years old and through it scientists will be able to understand more about the level of development of ancient Mediterranean civilizations.
Archeologists were puzzled after the discovery but explain that it is not possible for the monolith to have developed in such a form through natural processes – it is without a doubt manmade.
“There are no such natural processes that could carve the rock like that,” explain Zvi Ben-Avraham from the Institute of Natural Sciences of the University of Tel Aviv, and Emanuele Lodolo from the National Institute of Oceanographic and Experimental Geophysics in Trieste, Italy. Their discovery is published in Journal of Archeological Science.
At the moment, the monolith is broken into two pieces. Other than that, it has a perfect form and three holes going through the middle. The most interesting part is its size – sculpting, moving and placing it would have taken serious effort.
But how did a monolith end up in the water? Well, 10 000 years ago the coast of Sicily looked very different from today. The enormous rock was found in a place which was part of an island all those years ago.
The end of the Ice Age was coming and with the increase of temperatures, the water levels began to rise as well. The landscape of the whole region was changed. The island submerged slowly but surely until at the end it was entirely under water.
It is still unclear whether or not the rock was part of a structure. It seems entirely possible and archeologists have a long way ahead of them to make other discoveries in the area.
“Almost everything we know about the Prehistoric cultures comes from remains discovered on land. But a lot of the early civilizations settled in the coastal regions, which are now underwater,” explains Lodolo. “If we want to trace back the origin of Mediterranean civilizations, we have to focus on the submerged shelf areas.”